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Racafe, one of Colombia’s leading exporters of specialty coffee, began life in Cundinamarca in 1929 when the Espinosa brothers started their first business initiative renting bicycles – by 1953 the attention had turned to coffee, and the company rapidly grew to have milling operations in 9 cities across Colombia. Today it remains a family business, albeit a substantial one – representing over 5,000 individual producers and 45 producer groups.
They have not sat back as they have grown, in 2018 they milled their first coffee using a solar energy powered thresher in their facility in Huila. They have further created CRECER, their internal sustainability program to further push progression across the industry and amongst their farmers.
Their commitment to quality coffee is matched only by their solidarity with producers in the regions they work to create a truly sustainable marketing approach. In their words “We believe in building a better country through leading by example, respecting the law and transmitting to our families the importance of being a good citizen. We promote environmental management and building community by means of open and respectful communications.”
DRW has worked with Racafe for many years developing our regional offerings as well as commercial lines with them, and look forward to continuing our relationship.
You can keep up to date with the sustainability efforts Racafe undertake through their published yearly sustainability report.