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Sustainability that Matters

 Of all of the countries of the world, Colombia holds third place in the number of live species that live there, and Colombia holds first place in the greatest diversity of species found per square hectare. Over 50.000 plants have been classified, of which half are endemic. Over 20% of the world’s bird species are found in Colombia, which account for the greatest number of bird species in any country on Earth. Colombia is also a home to part of the great Amazon rainforest, referred to as the “Lungs of the Earth”, which contributes greatly to this precious diversity of flora, fauna and climates.

Colombia grows coffee on three different mountain chains that shape its geography, and on the snowcapped mountain of Santa Marta. In Colombia, 86 Ecotopos (distinct geographical areas sharing soil and climatic conditions) have been identified in 7 different growing regions. This knowledge has helped the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC) to create environmentally sustainable development programs, helpful technical and crop forecasting models, and study the relationship between climatic conditions of the Ecotopos and cup quality profiles they produce.

Colombian coffee growers believe in coffee production based on principles that protect and conserve natural resources. This is one of the most important strategies to add quality to the product, improve the income of the coffee growing families, and contribute to the preservation of Colombia’s unique and treasured environmental mega-diversity.

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