Project “Reviving and upgrading Fogo coffee quality in Cape Verde”
In June 2011, Trabocca was awarded a grant from the Dutch government for the project “Reviving and upgrading Fogo coffee quality in Cape Verde”. This project is part of the PSI (Private Sector Investment Program) a subsidy program supporting innovative investment projects in developing countries.
Trabocca believes in Cape Verde as an origin of high quality coffees. Fogo Island has a history of coffee production and the island has all the necessary conditions to produce specialty coffee. In recent decades, coffee production on the island has decreased rapidly and a lot of coffee trees have been replaced by other crops. Our goal is to increase the coffee production by pruning the existing coffee trees and planting new trees.
The project has been divided into a number of phases; the first phase is almost complete. We have set up a joint venture, installed a Pinhalense eco pulper and dry mill, built African drying beds and given training to farmers in pruning and quality control.
The last crop we processed was sundried coffee, which was done using our new machine. This year we are planning to produce the first washed and processed coffee of Cape Verde.
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