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- The union leader also emphasized the importance of having an institution such as the Federation of Coffee Growers, which will not leave the producers alone. - This important event, which every year brings together the entire coffee value chain, from the seed to the cup, will take place from October 17 to 20 in Corferias. - In addition to a large commercial show - which includes the great diversity of Colombian specialty coffees -, the exciting championships and the interesting academic agenda complement the fair's offer. - Cafés de Colombia Expo has been consolidated as a space open to all public around the national drink.
Bogotá, October 17, 2019 (FNC Press) - At a time when low international grain prices threaten the sustainability of coffee production in various countries, Colombia has to defend itself, the quality of coffee, said the General Manager of the National Federation of Coffee Growers (FNC), Roberto Vélez Vallejo.This value proposition in defense of the 540,000 Colombian coffee families came at the opening of the 2019 edition of Cafés de Colombia Expo, the most important specialty coffee fair in Latin America and the Caribbean, in Corferias.
The union leader referred to the predictions of the prestigious expert in sustainable development Professor Jeffrey Sachs, who warned that many non-profitable coffee growers will tend to disappear.
Before which Vélez Vallejo recalled what he has raised before and in various scenarios: that it is with the quality for which Colombian coffee has long been committed that it can defend itself in the global market, against competitors that are withering. "Colombia has to defend itself, one soul, the quality of coffee, that is the key to Colombia's future," he said.
"We have to continue working so that Colombia is what it has been during all these years, the beacon of quality coffees in the world, competitors are withering ... at those price levels high quality coffees begin to stumble, but As long as Colombia has an institutional framework, the Federation of Coffee Growers will not let the coffee growers out of the world of coffee, they will not take us out and we will take over the world of high quality coffee because it belongs to us, "he added.
The General Manager also invited attendees to raise Colombia's internal coffee consumption, since the conditions are in place for everyone to be experts in the beverage. "It is necessary to drink good quality coffee, there is no explanation why a Colombian is not a master in coffee qualities, we have everything, but above all the sweat of coffee families, there we can not fail," he noted .
The 2019 edition of Cafés de Colombia Expo, the most important specialty coffee fair in Latin America and the Caribbean, today opened its doors to the public. This important event, which every year brings together the entire coffee value chain, from the seed to the cup, will take place until Sunday, October 20 at the International Business and Exhibition Center of Bogotá (Corferias). In addition to the main representatives of the industry, including producers, coffee institutions, manufacturers and distributors of machinery and supplies, coffee chains, baristas, tasters, exporters and marketers of the grain, Cafés de Colombia Expo has been consolidated as a space open to all public around the national drink. In addition to the great commercial exhibition and the great diversity of coffees that the country produces, with more than 100 exhibitors in 6,000 square meters, there will be a large academic agenda that will allow the attending public to learn about relevant aspects, innovations or latest trends in the sector. Como es tradición, y también uno de los aspectos más emocionantes de la feria, tendrán lugar el XIV Campeonato Colombiano de Baristas, el IX Campeonato Colombiano de Catadores y el II Campeonato Café X2, eventos que convocan a todo público y confirman la gran destreza, pasión e interés de los colombianos por un producto que nos hace mundialmente famosos. Como una de las principales novedades de esta edición de la feria se llevará a cabo el primer Campeonato Colombiano de Tostadores, proceso que juega un papel indispensable en la calidad final de una taza de café.