What's Happening

June, 2019

No 33

Brazil and Colombia consolidate alliance to guarantee income of coffee growers

• The world’s largest arabica producers plan joint actions to reverse the coffee price crisis, details of which will be presented at the II World Coffee Producers Forum (WCPF).

May, 2019

No 33

With the FNC’s support, Nespresso launches program Reviving Origins in Caquetá

In order to recover excellent-quality coffee production.

April, 2019

No 33

Colombian coffee reaches $54/lb in first auction abroad

Committed to the highest cup quality, even with a sound training in cupping, more and more coffee growers produce exceptional coffee for which international customers are willing to pay a better price.

April, 2019

No 33

Coffee growers of Caldas, Antioquia, Cauca & Tolima win 4th Colombia, Land of Diversity contest

• Their work and commitment to quality were rewarded. “This competition becomes more relevant at this time, as it generates more income to coffee growers and highlights the call that the institution has made to all market players to recognize the work and quality of Colombian coffee,” Juan Camilo Ramos, the FNC Chief Commercial Officer, said.

• The winners in each category received COP 25 million (USD 7,980) for their coffee and the opportunity to take it to the international live auction to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, on next April 13.

April, 2019

No 33

Colombian coffee production falls 12% in March and 4.4% in coffee year

•  In April, harvesting will begin in Cauca, Nariño, Cundinamarca, Huila, Valle, Tolima and Norte de Santander.

March, 2019

No 33

FNC & Café de Colombia attract new customers and important allies in Europe

Promotion of Colombian coffee in such important events as ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, in Germany, and its incorporation into the menu of El Corte Inglés restaurants are some of the relevant actions in this market.

March, 2019

No 33

Colombian coffee production rises 2.5% in first two months of the year

• In February, coffee exports rise 14.4%. This good joint performance offset a slight fall of 8.7% in February.

February, 2019

No 33

The FNC redoubles efforts to increase profitability of Colombian coffee growers

• In Colombia, these efforts will focus on increasing productivity of coffee plantations, reducing production costs and raising domestic coffee consumption.

• Production for the first half is estimated at 5.89 to 6.37 million bags, for an annual harvest that would border on 14 million bags.

• The FNC CEO, Roberto Vélez, announced the possibility that Colombian coffee stop trading on the NYSE, as current prices do not reflect the reality and quality of Colombian coffee and are not sustainable for producers.

• The search for co-responsibility of actors throughout the value chain is still a priority, a topic to be addressed in meetings with the industry next week in Atlanta, the ICO Council in late March in Kenya, and the World Coffee Producers Forum in July in Brazil.

February, 2019

No 33

Auction of the 4th ‘Colombia, Land of Diversity’ competition to be held in Boston

On April 13, as part of the Specialty Coffee Expo. In total, 684 coffee lots were registered, from 16 departments, at the close of the call on January 31.

February, 2019

No 33

Colombian coffee production rises 14.6% in January

Higher volume, coinciding with harvest peak, contributed to this rise. Exports in the same month rose 14.3% compared to January 2018.

December, 2018

No 33

Colombian coffee production remains stable in November

•  Last two months of the year are harvest peak in most of the country. Coffee exports rise 7.9% compared to the same month of 2017.

November, 2018

No 33

FNC launches machine that optimizes selective coffee harvesting by 50%

• The DSC18 is the first Selective Coffee Harvester in the world. It is designed specifically for Colombian coffee farming.

November, 2018

No 33

Coffee begins to be carried by train to the port of Santa Marta

• Transport costs are reduced between 15 and 20%.

October, 2018

No 33

Coffee growers demand co-responsibility from the world industry in solution of crisis

• Producers from Africa, Asia and Latin America sent a letter to leading roasters and other companies calling for immediate joint actions.
• Among the intended recipients of the letter are companies such as Starbucks, Nestlé, Joh Johannson, Gustav Paulig, Folgers, Keurig and JDE.
• The letter reminds that since 1990 coffee prices have impoverished coffee growers worldwide, and in most countries they cannot even cover their production costs.
• While in 1982 the pound of coffee ranged between $1.20 and $1.40, this year it has reached $0.94, with producers losing at least two thirds of their purchasing power.
• The signatory associations represent over 30 countries grouped in the World Coffee Producers Forum, which, under the leadership of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation, met in Medellin in July 2017 with almost 1,500 attendees, and will meet again at Brazil in July 2019.

September, 2018

No 33

Over 1,100 lots will compete in 3rd  national quality competition ‘Colombia, Land of Diversity’

• The competition is gaining more and more strength, with more producers registering their coffee to be evaluated. In addition, the number of buyers has increased every year, establishing the competition as a new benchmark in the global specialty coffee industry.
• As it is tradition, participation is open to Colombian coffee growers or natural or legal persons, including foreigners, with coffee farms in Colombia in two categories: small and large lots.

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