News » Press

Study reveals potential for "fair trade" foods


La Nación

  • Ministries would be main buyers.
  • Products have seal of environmental protection and contribution to communities.

Foods with a "fair trade" seal have a potential market in Costa Rica, although little is know at the local level of this type of production, a study concluded. 

Note: This text is only available in Spanisch.

Coffee cooperative produces carbon neutral coffee


La República

  • It implemented policies for low consumption of water and firewood.

Reducing operating costs and selling an organic product, sought after by more demanding consumers, led Coopedota to produce carbon neutral coffee.

Note: This text is only available in Spanisch.

Farms improve sales potential with sustainable seals


La Nación

  • Buyers give higher priority to certified products and, occasionally, pay higher prices. 
  • Among companies that benefit are Coopetarrazú coffee mill and San Alberto coffee farm.
  • Rainforest, Inteco and Earth University analyse production processes in the country.

National farms found that certifying their operations with sustainable production seals increases their sales potential within and outside of Costa Rican.

Note: This text is only available in Spanisch.

International market pays 39% more for Costa Rican coffee


La Nación

  • It is qouted at US$ 179 per ton, US$ 50 higher than the market in New York.

Costa Rican coffee has a cumulative average price for the period of 2015-2016 that is 39% higher than that of the New York Stock Exchange, the main referance market for this product.

Note: This text is only available in Spanisch.

Los Santos prepares its coffee fair for this weekend


La Nación

  • First Expocafé Tarrazú 2016 will take place from March 4th to 6th.
  • Fair´s agenda includes everything from the sale and sampling of food, barista shows and activities for children.

From March 4th until Sunda, March 6th, the Los Santos area, which includes the cantons of Dota, Tarrazú and León Cortés, lists a celebration in honor of its flagship product worldwide: coffee.

Note: This text is only available in Spanisch.

Etiquetas: events

Costa Rica will import 50% of the coffee used for domestic consumption this year


La Nación

  • Roasters estimate they will bring about 11,500 tonnes.
  • The country produces enough, but the finer beans are sent abroad.

This year, Costa Rica will import about 11,500 tonnes or 250,000 sacks of 46 kilos each (quintals) of coffee for domestic consumption (50%), according to the National Chamber of Roasters.

Note: This text is only available in Spanisch.

Rain rages on crops


El Financiero

  • 2010 was the year that recorded the greatest economic losses caused by natural disasters.

In Costa Rica, between 2001 and 2012 direct losses from the impact of natural phenomena on crops reached just over US$ 108 million, a figure that emphasizes the need for preventative measures.

Note: This text is only available in Spanisch.

Paris Agreement and coffee


El Financiero

Last month, a historic climate agreement was signed. 188 countries committed to reducing their emissions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Note: This text is only available in Spanisch.

Etiquetas: sustainability

Pastures and coffee cover 47% of the country's agricultural land


La Nación

  • National Agricultural Census defined area designed for cattle raising.
  • Extension dedicated to grasslands is vast; sector aims to increase efficiency.

Pasture and coffee are the two crops that ocuppy the largest area in Costa Rica, with a 47% of the national agricultural land, according to data from the VI National Agricultural Census.

Note: This text is only available in Spanisch.

Etiquetas: ICAFE, production

Green coffee produced on less coffee farms


El Financiero

  • Hectares of coffee farmland and number of farms declined over last 30 years.

"Here in the upper part of Naranjo, I have seen a decrease of at least 50% in the amount of lands used for coffee cultivation", said Manuel Barrantes, owner of the Leoncio coffee farm in Naranjo, Alajuela. 

The farmer´s appreciation is not too far from reality.

Note: This text is only available in Spanisch.