No 26

Colombian Coffee Export Regulations are Modified

May, 2016

Product and Innovation

Colombian Coffee Export Regulations are Modified

In order to boost exports, the tolerance of healthy coffee beans between screens 14 and 12 rises to 5%, adjusting it to the international standard. Colombia had imposed itself a tolerance of 1.5%, preventing good quality beans from being exported.


During the last meeting of the National Coffee Growers Committee, regulations on Excelso Colombian coffee export quality were modified in order to boost exports and adjust them to international regulations.

Now Excelso coffee may be exported with a tolerance of up to 5% of healthy beans between screens 14 and 12 (14/64 and 12/64 inches).

This according to Resolution No. 2 of 2016, approved on April 25 by the National Coffee Growers Committee, responsible for adopting measures to guarantee export coffee quality, which must be met by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) and private exporters alike.

Regulations by the Green Coffee Association of New York, which govern buying and selling of Arabica green coffee worldwide, have always described as Excelso Colombian coffee those beans above screen 14/64 with a 5% tolerance of beans between screens 14 and 12. However, Colombia had imposed itself a tolerance of 1.5%, preventing very good quality coffees from being exported.

All the other minimum quality requirements that have governed Excelso coffee in terms of beans with defects, humidity, infestation, odor, color and cup quality remain in force.

Another change is simplification of Excelso export coffee labeling

It is no longer necessary that conditions of coffee bean size and contents of defects, freely agreed on between the exporter and final customer, are described on the label, provided that coffee meets the Excelso requirements. The label will simply wear the word “Excelso” followed by the descriptor “Café de Colombia”. For this type of coffee, the FNC will issue a certificate of quality.

These new measures, which seek to maximize income of Colombian coffee farmers, join those adopted in October 2015 for export of coffee byproducts (qualities different from Excelso), which are exported as “Product of Colombia.”

Resolution No. 2 of 2016 unifies and updates regulations on export green coffee quality that had been in force, namely the Resolution No. 5 of 2002 and Resolution No. 3 of 2015 issued by the National Coffee Growers Committee, which, with the new resolution, are now repealed.

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