Only 17% of Nicaragua’s production corresponds to quality coffee, but the country could increase that to 30%.
Danilo Saavedra, operations manager at Funica, a foundation for agricultural technology, stated that “the problem lies after the harvest, where coffee loses quality because of bad procedures”.
These findings were included in a study conducted by Cafenica (Nicaraguan Small Coffee Growers Association), CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) and Funica.
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From 4th to 7th of May the "Best of Panama" event will be held at the site of the Festival of Flowers and Coffee in Bouquet, where an announcement will be made of the best domestic coffee from the last harvest.
The goal of the Speciality Coffee Association of Panama (SCAP) is to promote coffee from Panama internationally, and its origin.
The Annual Fair of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), the most important in its field, will take place between April 15 and 18.
This event will be hosted by the city of Anaheim, California, and expects the participation of 8.000 coffee professionals.
Honduran coffee will be tasted by international buyers at a large stand, competing directly with the world’s best, stated Mario Ordóñez, from the Honduran Coffee Institute (Ihcafé).
Coffee production this year will be greater than in 2008/09, when the country outputted 1.5 million quintals.
80% of the coffee production is sold abroad, the main markets being the U.S. and Europe, explained Horacio Rappacciolli, CEO of 'CISA Exportadora'.
"In fact Nicaragua, as an exporting country, consumes very little domestically, selling its grains to many markets, even though the largest destinations are United States and Europe, and to a lesser degree Asia", reported local newspaper El Nuevo Diario.
Local farmers reported that 18 containers would be shipped to Taiwan in the next harvest.
Representatives from 7 Taiwanese companies participated in business rounds with local growers and learned about the coffee production process.
“Although most growers have already committed their 2009 production, they expect to sell at least 18 containers to the Asian country”, reported Laprensagrafica.com.