Dago Castro, BUNN Service Director & Sales, Latin America / Caribbean, recaps his visit to the Tenth Annual Ramacafe International Coffee Conference that took place August 29th - 31st, 2011 in Nicaragua at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Convention Center in the historic center of the capital city of Managua.
This year Ramacafe celebrated their 10th anniversary with an excellent attendance of more than 700 attendees! This is a significant increase over previous attendance totals which averaged approximately 400. Needless to say, it was a fantastic conference with relevant topics regarding current coffee market trends. We were proud to be among attendees such as SCAA, NCA, Women in Coffee, Cafes de Nicaragua, Sintercafe from Costa Rica, Cafe de Mexico,
Peerless Tea and Coffee, Anacafe from Guatemala and many other others. Special thanks goes to Economart who supported the presentation of BUNN equipment at their stand, and special thanks also is extended to those who attended the presentation by Dago Castro on Quality, Consistency and Profits.
A visit was made to a 140-acre coffee farm that has begun planting hybrids allowing for a harvest collection in a two-year period instead of the traditional four-year period required by a new plantation to provide fruit. This is a new way to satisfy the world demand for specialty coffee and coffee in general. Getting to the farm was quite an adventure as you will see from the photos! It was over three hours from the city by bus to the countryside where we were then required to travel the remaining distance in trucks due to the terrain.
The farm also includes a depulping facility where all fruit is taken for processing and where daily labor is paid for fruits collected and weighed. Overall, it was an excellent experience that provided a true perspective on the passion and hard work it takes to produce a cup of coffee.
Ramacafe 2011, a set on Flickr.
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