Mercon Coffee Group is to export Robusta coffee from Nicaragua. The company made the announcement at the 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle in late April and is now offering washed and natural Robusta coffees from the country.
For the past 10 years, the company has been a pioneer of Robusta coffee production in Nicaragua, creating a new industry there. The project has contributed to the diversification of the coffee supply in Nicaragua and has promoted economic and social development in the coffee growing communities of the region.
“We are proud to be the pioneers of Robusta production in Nicaragua and to be the first to offer it to the global market. Currently, 150 producers from Nueva Guinea have joined this project. Thanks to growing participation, this venture has boosted the local economy of the region and has created new sources of employment,” said Luis Alberto Chamorro, Origin Director of Mercon Coffee Group.
According to Mr Chamorro, the Robusta coffee variety has proven its profitability thanks to its high productivity, low production cost and higher tolerance to plagues and diseases. This makes it an excellent alternative for producers in Nueva Guinea.
Mercon Coffee Group plans to increase production of Robusta in Nueva Guinea and believes it can grow to 500,000 bags in the next 10 years.
Mr Chamorro also highlighted the importance of working with coffee producers to increase productivity. “Through CISA Exportadora, our operation in Nicaragua, Mercon Coffee Group offers coffee producers financing services, technical assistance and value fixed transactions. We have also developed LIFT, a programme designed to help small and medium producers to increase their productivity in an environmentally conscious manner,” he said.