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Brazil is a world leader in coffee production and exports. A growing number of farmers strive to both increase their yields and grow quality coffees that meet social, economic, and environmental criteria worldwide.
Certifications attest to coffee growers’ adherence to good agricultural, environmental, social, and food security practices and allow the traceability of beans.
Through our partnerships with certification groups that offer numerous advantages to coffee growers who meet these standards, Atlantica Coffee is a part of the journey to sustainability. Together, we work towards a common goal: delivering the best Brazilian coffee to consumers.
We work with the following certifications and programs:
C.A.F.E Practices – Starbucks
Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization that works to preserve biodiversity and enforce sustainability through practices regarding the use of the soil, commercial activities and consumption.
Rainforest Alliance issues a seal or certificate that identifies and ensures the product was produced with responsibility.
Therefore, they devised a Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification system that establishes the criteria of auditions to be held in companies that acquire products from farms certified by Rainforest Alliance.
CoC is a traceability process tracing products from its origination in a certified farm through to final consumers, following up every single intermediate stage of fabrication, transport, commercialization and storage, thus ensuring that all declarations of sustainability have been verified.
Rainforest Alliance audition and certification services are managed and carried out in their RA-Cert business unit, which is an authorized certifier that undertakes auditions enforcing Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture Standards.
As a result, farms and companies that have been certified are entitled to use the Green Frog Seal – Rainforest Alliance Certified.
BSCA – Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association is a certification designed mainly to foster technical improvements in production, commercialization and industrialization of Special Coffees.
Their major goal is to elevate the Brazilian standards of excellence that will be delivered on both domestic and international markets.
The organization understands that Special Coffees are those that are free from impurities and defects and have special sensorial attributes, which means the beverage will present cleanliness, sweetness, and a well-bodied and acidity balance.
In addition to these qualities, Special Coffees must provide certified traceability and respect all social, economic and environmental sustainability criteria regarding every single production step to be taken.
BSC – Brazilian Special Coffee is the only Brazilian institution that certifies lots that can be monitored by means of the Special Coffees Quality Control seals.
In 1998, in association with Alliance for Coffee Excellence (ACE), BSC created the coffee quality contest Cup of Excellence Brazil. This contest enables producers to trade their coffees at auctions conducted on the Internet where deals are made at well valued prices when compared to conventional markets.
UTZ Certified is a seal that ensures sustainable agriculture and is displayed by approximately 10,000 different packages of products in more than 116 countries.
This certification shows consumers that products have been sourced in a sustainable manner, from farm to shop shelf, in the whole chain that will deliver the product to your table.
In order to get the certificate, all UTZ suppliers must follow the UTZ Code of Conduct, a document that furnishes specialized guidelines on the best methods of cultivation, on improving working conditions and on taking better care of the environment.
Since 2014, UTZ Certified has been the largest sustainable coffee and cocoa agriculture program in the world. The program comprises coffee, cocoa, tea and hazelnuts certifications.
The main objective of Certifica Minas is to advance Minas Gerais State’s agro-industry boosting production by increasing its competitive insertion on both domestic and international markets.
Their main goal is to deal with restrictions regarding the preservation of animals and plants, also known as zoo-phyto-sanitary control norms.
The organization is in charge of the rural development network program, working in association with Emater-MG (Empresa de Assistência Técnica e Extensão Rural do Estado de Minas Gerais).
This certification identifies in coffee growing properties the need of effective improvements and maintenance of quality standards in order to enhance the value of coffees produced in Minas Gerais. Their work aims at new markets and job opportunities, service improvements, proper management of soil, among other requirements.
The 4C verification encompasses not only the consolidation of high standards of coffee, but also compliant economic, social and environmental conditions established for the production and the processing of coffee beans, consequently building more reliable and safer sustainable supply chains.
The coffee is considered compatible with 4C when produced in line with the Code of Conduct of this certifier organization that establishes a set of practices and basic principles of sustainability to be implemented in the cultivation of green beans.
The conformity will be verified by the Verification System and certified with the 4C licenses, which will, sequentially, be issued. 4C coffees are produced in 28 countries for more than 500,000 agricultural producers.
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