Nespresso plans to expand its coffee-sourcing programme into Colombian regions formerly I mpacted by the recently settled armed conflict, as part of a $50 million investment for
sustainable quality coffee production.

The country’s president Juan Manuel Santos recently addressed the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board in Bogota, where he welcomed the company’s commitment and cited the investment as an important contribution to the development of post-conflict areas.

Early indications suggest that Nespresso will source up to five times more coffee from Caquetá in 2018, as it expands its efforts into areas that were inaccessible before the peace accord.

The extension of the programme will see coffee-sourcing for the first time from San Vicente del Caguán, a community that found itself at the centre of the armed conflict. This region has a unique climate, with Arabica coffees grown at a low altitude and low temperatures. Combined with the high humidity, this characterises the coffee with rich, fruity notes and fine acidity.

President Santos said: “Colombian coffee is the finest in the world. I welcome Nespresso’s commitment to our country, which highlights the many opportunities that peace opens for
Colombia.”

Jean-Marc Duvoisin, chief executive of Nespresso, said: “Quality coffee, and the premiums that farmers can earn, present a very strong opportunity for the long-term sustainability and resilience of coffee farming communities. We are delighted to bring this incredible coffee to the world.”