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Colombia’s Green Coffee Company Earns RA Certification for All Its Farms

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A Green Coffee Company farm in Salgar, Antioquia, Colombia. All images courtesy of GCC.

Three-year-old Colombian coffee producer Green Coffee Company (GCC) has attained Rainforest Alliance certification for all 11 of its company-operated farms.

Unlike most producer groups or cooperatives, which might hold group certification covering scores or hundreds of individual smallholder farms, GCC owns and operates its 11 farms as a single consolidated network.

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According to the company, the newly achieved RA certification makes GCC the largest individual RA-certified coffee farm owner/operator in the country.

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GCC’s 11 coffee farms encompass nearly 1,000 hectares around Salgar in the Antioquia department in the heart of the Colombian coffeelands, while the company launched with strong market connections in North America.

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“Out of our total production for this harvest, we anticipate around 6,500 bags will be sold RA-certified,” GCC’s Alec Lee told DCN in October. “Next year, several lots on various farms will produce their first mature crops, so we anticipate a large increase in RA exports for 2022.”

Lee said GCC is currently exploring numerous other pathways for implementing and verifying sustainable coffee production practices. In-house initiatives currently include an employment structure that formalizes protections for workers and a reforestation initiative on the farms.

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The company is also in the midst of pursuing B Corp certification and undergoing an evaluation through third-party sustainability auditor Enveritas.

“Since our founding in 2018, the Green Coffee Company has been committed to making a positive impact in both our local community of Salgar as well as with our partners around the globe,” said GCC Vice President Taylor Love. “This certification represents a tremendous effort by our entire team and signifies that the GCC will continue its commitment to a more sustainable future.”

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