What's Happening

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.

September, 2018

No 33

ICO announces global campaign to warn consumers about coffee producers’ crisis

• At the end of the 122nd session of the International Coffee Council (ICC); these meetings were attended by representatives of Colombian coffee growers, including members of the Steering and National Committees of Coffee Growers and the FNC CEO, who drove the resolution issued by the ICC, which recognizes that current prices do not reflect the physical coffee market and do not cover costs.
• The Colombian delegation left explicit proof of the difficult situation that Colombian coffee growers are going through.
• This meeting served to bring together coffee growers from producing countries, who insisted on their call on the world coffee industry for the need for co-responsibility of the whole coffee chain.

September, 2018

No 33

Increasingly more women and young people are coffee-farming leaders in Colombia

• In the Municipal Committees, the percentage of female participation increased from 16% to 24%, a proportion very close to 28% of the electoral roll, while in the Departmental Committees the figure practically doubled, from 8% to 15%, a great achievement of these elections.

• In terms of generational integration and young people remaining in the countryside, another of the great challenges for the coffee sector, important advances were also made, as 20% of representatives in the Departmental Committees and 34% in the Municipal Committees are younger than 45 years old.

• As to leadership renewal, the rate reached 42% in the Departmental Committees and 53% in the Municipal Committees.

September, 2018

No 33

Cafés de Colombia Expo, the most important specialty coffee fair in Latin America, is coming

•  From October 3 to 6 in Corferias, Bogotá. This expo is reinvented and every year innovates in its offers. In 2018, Café x 2 is an example, a meeting place for those coffee lovers who are not experts in the industry, but see the drink as a universe about which they can and want to learn more.
•  As it is tradition, the Colombian Barista Championship and the National Cup Tasters Championship are other important fair offerings.

August, 2018

No 33

The FNC presents new ecological coffee washing technology for small producers

• It enables to wash coffee with less than 0.7 liters of water per kg of dry parchment coffee. Ecomill® LH-300 preserves the features of the Ecomill® technology, developed by Cenicafé to reduce water use in wet processing.
• Ecomill® prevents 100% of pollution by reusing coffee wet processing wastewater.

August, 2018

No 33

The FNC urgently calls on the global industry and the government on falling coffee prices

The FNC Steering Committee urgently calls the global industry and the national government on falling coffee prices.

August, 2018

No 33

Colombian coffee production keeps 14-million-bag pace in last 12 months

• Despite decline in July, annual estimate is kept. In July, coffee exports exceeded one million 62,000 bags, 6.2% up from the one million bags exported in the same month of 2017.

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