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Business conference brings coffee mills, financial intermediaries and technology providers together to decarbonize coffee production

01-04-2019
Representatives of coffee mills participated in the business conference "Promoting Low-Carbon, Energy-Efficient and Environmentally Sustainable Coffee" organized on behalf of ICAFE, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and German Development Cooperation GIZ. The event offered a space for the exhibition of technologies for coffee processing as well as already existing financing alternatives within the country, with the purpose of encouraging investments in sustainable and low-carbon technologies. National and international technology providers highlighted the benefits equipment such as centriflux, materials for the construction of energy-efficient ovens, composting machines, among others. Likewise, more than five intermediary financial institutions that channel...

Nespresso and Coffee NAMA join forces to train coffee producers in Good Agricultural Practices

14-08-2018
The NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) will offer Nespresso technical support in calculating greenhouse gas emissions generated by farmers affiliated to the private company. By means of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2018, the NAMA Support Project (NSP Café) and Nestlé Nespresso S.A. formed a strategic alliance aimed at training up to 2.000 coffee farmers affiliated to the company in topics of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. The workshops will be held by Nespresso´s agronomers, incorporating Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) promoted by the NSP Café and that are already part of Nespresso´s AAA Sustainable...

US roasters highly interested in low carbon coffee from Costa Rica

15-05-2018
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...

Costa Rican coffee mills draw interest of German coffee market

24-10-2017
Between October 2nd and 8th 2017, five coffee mills of the NAMA Café visited 12 coffee roasters and importers in Hamburg, Bremen and Dortmund, Germany, in order to establish business relationships with the country's coffee sector and to place their low carbon coffee on the German market. In addition, they had the opportunity to present their coffee at ANUGA, the largest food fair in Europe. The 12 roasters and importers showed great interest in the Costa Rican coffee, reacting positively to the coffee mills´ ambitious goal of reaching the worldwide first low carbon coffee together with their fellow mills participating...

Coffee mills in final stage of carbon and water footprint measurements

17-08-2017
At the end of August, the coffee mills of the NAMA Café will hand in their final carbon and water footprints and begin developing and implementing reduction strategies. During a workshop on August 9 th , the mills´ technicians met at the Doka Estate Convention Center to recapitulate the basic concepts of carbon and water footprint measurement. The activity was organized by the ICAFE with the support of GIZ. 48 technicians from most of the 50 coffee mills participating in the NAMA Café met at the Doka Estate Convention Center to participate in a workshop in order to the basics...

Coffee mills advance with packaging design for their low-carbon coffee

26-07-2017
During a second Design Thinking workshop held in early July, representatives of 8 coffee mills further defined the characteristics of the new packaging currently being designed to promote and sell the low-carbon and sustainable coffee of mills participating in the NAMA Café at an international level. The workshop was organized and carried out by the ICAFE and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Representatives of the ICAFE´s Department for Coffee Promotion presented four design proposals, based on the results of a first brainstorming during the → first Design Thinking workshop held in March of this year. The ICAFE...

German Minister for Environment Barbara Hendricks visits NAMA Café

19-06-2017
During her visit to Costa Rica from June 15 th to 19 th 2017, apart from meeting President Luis Guillermo Solís and numerous ministers of relevant ministries, the German Minister of Environment Barbara Hendricks also visited the NAMA Café and its NAMA Support Project “Low-Carbon Coffee”. During the meeting with President Solís, Minister Hendricks confirmed the financial support of €15 million within the ICI framework, which will help the German government support projects in Central America to mitigate the effects of climate change and to protect biodiodiversity. On the trip´s last day, the delegation was welcomed at the National Coffee...

Coffee mills improve marketing skills to promote their coffee abroad

17-07-2017
During the months of May and June, the representatives of 10 coffee mills in the NAMA Café participated in a workshop dedicated to improve marketing and sales capacities, preparing presentations for the successful promotion of their coffee abroad. The 5 best presentations have been chosen to participate in a tour to Germany in September 2017 with the aim of seizing the opportunity to present their coffee to German coffee roasters. The course was organized by the ICAFE and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. As a first step, the 10 participants learned to formulate concrete goals for successfully...

34 advanced coffee mills measure their water footprint

24-05-2017
The 34 advanced coffee mills were trained in measuring their water footprints in workshops organized by the Ministry for Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Ministry for Environment and Energy (MINAE), the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In 12 workshops executed by GSI Consultores directed at managers and technical personnel responsible for documenting and determining the mills´ water footprints, the 39 participants got to know the basic concepts of performing water inventories. Additionally, they were introduced to important terms and definitions related to the topic and, finally, learned techniques and tools necessary to perform...

16 new coffee mills of the NAMA Café learn to perform greenhouse gas inventories

16-05-2017
Throughout the months of March and April, the 16 new coffee mills participating in the NAMA Café were trained in performing greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in workshops organized by the Ministry for Agriculture and Livestock (MAG), Ministry for Environment and Energy (MINAE), the National Coffee Institute (ICAFE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. In 8 workshops executed by GSI Consultores directed at managers and technical personnel responsible for documenting and determining the mills´ carbon footprints, the 24 participants were informed on the importance of a carbon footprint and even carbon-neutrality in a national as well as international...