Nespresso Invests In Post-Conflict Colombian Coffee

Posted On: 11/30/2017

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BOGOTA, Colombia -- Nespresso said it will expand its coffee-sourcing program for the first time into several former conflict zones as part of a $50 million investment in sustainable high-quality coffee cultivation in Colombia.

The pledge builds on Nespresso's long-term commitment to Colombian coffee and its efforts to improve production in regions previously impacted by conflict between the government and the FARC revolutionary, including reviving the industry in areas where production was lost. It follows the launch of Nespresso's limited-edition Aurora de la Paz (Dawn of Peace) a coffee sourced from the Caqueta region earlier this year.

Nespresso expects to source up to five times more coffee from Caqueta in 2018, as it expands its efforts into areas that were inaccessible before the peace accord. The extension of the program will see coffee-sourcing for the first time from San Vicente del Caguan, a community that found itself at the center of armed conflict. This region has a unique climate, with Arabica coffees grown at a low altitude and low temperatures. Combined with the high humidity, this characterizes the coffee with rich, fruity notes and fine acidity.

Nespresso's agronomists have already started working with more than 500 producers in the Caqueta region to implement its AAA Sustainable Quality Program. The program works directly with farmers to improve their productivity, quality and sustainability by sharing best practices, providing technical assistance and improving standards in farmers' environmental and social welfare.

The Caqueta farmers will join the 33,000 Colombian farmers already enrolled in the AAA Program, launched in the country in 2004 and supported by a team of 150 local agronomists. The extension of the program into San Vicente will be implemented with the support of Nespresso's strategic partner, the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC).

The program is also helping farmers to improve resilience to climate change by driving the reforestation of 1 million native species of trees on farms by the end of 2017.  It's also co-investing in water management systems in 25 critical water basins and promoting community milling facilities.