#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Mario Sibaja, CoopeVictoria R.L.
"Today we are taking the first step worldwide with the Coffee NAMA. This a differentiating element to achieve better prices and tell the world that we are a coffee culture, but also very focused on taking care of the environment", states Mario Sibaja, the commercial manager of the coffee mill CoopeVictoria R.L.
#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Martin and Ignacio Ceciliano, micro coffee mill Río Conejo Estate
"We are pioneers, we are the first low-emission coffee", state Martin and Ignacio Ceciliano from the micro coffee mill Río Conejo Estate about the importance of the Coffee NAMA. The two brothers easily took advantage of the added value of their innovative coffee to position it on the US-American market.
To Arnoldo Guerrero, administrator of the association of producers from Cerro Turrubares - APROCETU, the trainings of the Coffee NAMA first seemed a bit complex - but they sure paid off: Arnoldo tells that not only in the production, but also in the coffee mill they achieved a significative reductions of greenhouse gases as well as electricity consumption.
#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Carlos Vásquez, coffee mill Coopepilangosta R.L.
"It is important to assess the emission of greenhouse gases to make decisions that help us to reduce those emissions in order to produce a coffee low in emission and allow the world to know what it is really consuming", explains Carlos Vásquez from Coopepilangosta R.L. their motivation to participate in the Coffee NAMA.
#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Gabriela Fernández, coffee mill Cordillera de Fuego S.A.
New intelligent drying ovens, a water drainer and drying patios - the coffee mill Cordillera de Fuego S.A has realized various important changes to reduce their emission of greenhouse gases and energy consumption. Gabriela Fernández, the mill´s manager, tells us why those investments were worth it.
#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Warner Quesada, coffee mill Coopesabalito R.L.
The coffee mill Coopesabalito R.L. works hard to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases by decreasing their use of wood and electricity. Warner Quesada, the mill´s manager, explains the actions that were taken with the support of the financial mechanisms provided by the Coffee NAMA.
#VoicesOfTheCoffeeNAMA: Diego Loría, technical advisor, ICAFE
An important focus of our work has been the support of coffee farmers to adapt to the impact of climate change. Diego Loría, a technical advisor at ICAFE, has already noticed that the number of shade tree species and disease-resistant coffee varieties has increased considerably in coffee plantations. But for him, the most striking thing is the change of mentality of the traditional producers: “They already identify more with the Good Agricultural Practices we promote - the important thing is that the producer himself recognizes their importance.”
22% of Costa Rica´s coffee production is low-carbon and sustainable
Coffee is one of Costa Rica’s most important and emblematic export good and deeply connected to the country’s national identity. However, climate change clearly challenges the livelihood of Costa Rican coffee farmers and the crop’s long-term sustainability. Faced with this dire situation, in 2014 the sector joined forces with public institutions and the international cooperation to implement the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Café. The Costa Rican NAMA Café is implemented by the country’s Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and aims to reduce GHG emissions during coffee production...
US roasters highly interested in low carbon coffee from Costa Rica
Five coffee mills participating in the Coffee NAMA took part in a business tour to the United States with the aim of presenting their low carbon coffee to seven roasters and establish new business contacts. Additionally, they had the opportunity to show off their coffee to a wider public at the international coffee expo SCA in Seattle. From April 19th to 26th 2018 the mills Ecológico El Espino, Santa Anita, Grupo Naturalba, micro mill Rio Conejo and El Diamante travelled up north to Seattle, USA. This year´s business trip started at the Specialty Coffee Expo, which took place from April...