The main objective of the initiative was to improve the standard of living of small coffee producers in rural mountain communities by increasing their income through efficient production and marketing of gourmet coffee. The project seek to organise and train farmers in the production of gourmet coffee and assist them in exporting their coffee directly. The specific objectives of the project were: to select potential gourmet coffee producing areas; to reorganise the coffee production chain with special attention to cultivation and harvesting; to identify and transfer new techniques for coffee processing and quality control; to set up a new production system and promote quality coffee.
The project, completed in 2012, was very successful and greatly improved the income situation of marginal coffee farmers in Central America. An extensive Project Completion Report and a production manual can be accessed here (Project Completion Report CFC/ICO/39).