Colombia has a long and deep-rooted tradition as a quality coffee producing and exporting country. Historically, the coffee sector laid the foundations for the country’s economic growth and development as well as the social fabric in rural areas.
 
 

PERSPECTIVE

The coffee sector is an important contributor to the socio-economic development of rural areas in Colombia, particularly in the post-conflict context. However, the sector faces a range of challenges to:
 

  • Improve economic security for smallholders
  • Protect Natural Capital resources for resilient coffee production
  • Maintain the social resilience and cohesion of coffee producing communities

ECONOMIC INDICATORS

GDP
Total:
USD 282.5 billion

Per capita:
USD 5,805 (2016)

SOCIAL INDICATORS

Population:
48.65 million

Life expectancy:
75.7 years

Population living beneath poverty:
27.8% (2016)

Population under 30:
53.7% (2013)

ENVIRONMENTAL INDICATORS

Hosting 10%
of the planet’s biodiversity

Carbon footprint:
177 million t CO2 eq.;
3.75t CO2 eq./capita (2013)

 

 

Coffee represents 23% of the agricultural GDP

24 million Colombians depend economically on coffee production

Every year around 730,000 jobs are directly created through coffee

 

GLOBAL COLOMBIA COFFEE FIGURES

555,000 families

684,000 farms

931,000 coffee hectares

 

 

Coffee sector characterised by smallholder producers

AVERAGE SIZE 1.36 HA

Distribution by coffee growing area

 

 

Coffee output
restored to growth

 

14,000,000 IN 2016

 

 

 

Sustainability
programs growing 

APPROXIMATELY 50%
OF FARMERS ENROLLED

2004-2016

COLOMBIA AND NESPRESSO

Colombia is an important origin for Nespresso, with half of farmers based in Colombia.

The diversity of terroirs and Colombia’s microclimates result in high-quality arabica coffee. These delicate coffees are appreciated for a variety of sensory profiles in the fruity winey family and accompanied by a fine acidity. The country’s ability to produce high-quality is also a result of its coffee traditions and abundance of farming communities. In fact, Colombia’s coffee was awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status by the European Union.

Strong institutional support provides an important framework for Nespresso coffees. Colombia’s continuous research and innovation capability allows us and our partners to further expand the AAA Program.

MEET OUR AAA FARMERS

The choices we make

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The fisherman

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The fireman

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The guardian

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The community mill

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