Colombia, there is no happy accident...
Sustainable development is a complex concept, but considering it in terms of just three basic principles might make it simpler…these are economic, social and environmental sustainability.
But how can Belco’s sourcing choices help support the sustainable development of the families providing coffee in Colombia, and how can we ensure the coffee provided by these families is of a high quality?
This is the main aim and challenge of our Belco office in Colombia. First and foremost, we need to understand this coffee origin, including its qualities and complexities, in order to choose the right approach and to be efficient.
The first step simply involves obtaining as much information as possible, to understand the Colombian coffee and the work
of its people.
This will help us to answer most of our questions and provide guidance when it comes to addressing problems.
Then, we have to build and maintain a solid network based on trust, good communication and frequent feedback,
all necessary for efficient traceability. Obviously, each region is different, and we must identify the features and strengths
of each to foster long-term development. Once we have established a framework for our operations in Colombia,
we can develop programmes and projects to help overcome most of the obstacles to local sustainable development identified
by our teams.
We do this in collaboration with our partners in each region, to ensure the most effective results for coffee producers
We know that charging high prices is not the only way to meet the needs of our coffee producers, there are other solutions.
We must be active within local communities and work with them to come up with solutions for overcoming most challenges.
Our actions must be approved by our suppliers, they must be traceable and explained to our customers, coffee roasters
If coffee is produced with respect for the environment, social parameters, acceptable behaviours and at a fair and profitable price, the result HAS TO BE a lovely cup of coffee. If not, something is wrong…
Conversely, if you get a lovely cup of coffee without respecting nature or assuming responsibility for social parameters
and at an unprofitable price, then this coffee is no more than a HAPPY ACCIDENT…
Antioquia, Huila, Santander
La Colombia, La Gabriela, La Belgica, Bacarat, La Pradera, Santa Maria
Catalina Vasquez, Reynel
et Damien Coisne, Oscar Daza
MEETING OUR PRODUCERS
Remember to activate the subtitles on youtube!
COLOMBIA - INTRODUCTION PAR DIEGO ZAMORA
COLOMBIA - ASCAFE
COLOMBIA - HACIENDA LA PRADERA 1/2
COLOMBIA - HACIENDA LA PRADERA 2/2
COLOMBIA - GAITANIA, TOLIMA - TRES RAYAS COFFEE
COLOMBIA - CATALINA VASQUEZ - CAFE LUMBUS