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Cultivating a sustainable future: Atlantica Coffee’s commitment to the environment.

by Jun 5, 2024Fine Cup0 comments

Atlantica adopts an approach that goes beyond the commercial sphere. For us, coffee transcends its mere status as a product, symbolizing a link of connection and involvement at every stage: from production and selection to marketing and tasting. We not only support but also promote sustainable initiatives. Actions such as the Project Mutua and the certification groups materialize this commitment, demonstrating our conviction in the importance of collaboration and preserving environmental balance throughout the coffee chain.

Project Mutua – Forests and Springs

The Project Mutua goes beyond caring for the land; it is a narrative about regeneration and renewal. The Matas de Minas region was chosen as the project’s pioneering location, where 80% of the 36,000 coffee producers own small, predominantly family-run farms of between 3 and 20 hectares. Valuable resources such as biodiversity, water and native forests are crucial to local coffee activity.

We work closely with coffee production partners not only to protect and restore forests and springs, but also to promote environmental and community responsibility. The Mutua Project is carried out annually in groups of 15 to 20 producers. The first group has already reached significant milestones: 19 producers served, 11 municipalities benefited, 12,050 seedlings planted and 25 springs recovered.

Restoring forests and springs is one of the main focuses of the project, due to the intrinsic link these elements have with each other. Trees play an essential role as guardians of the water balance, helping to restore natural water cycles and promoting the conservation of water resources. This initiative recognizes the interconnection between vegetation, soil and water, seeking to guarantee the health and sustainability of ecosystems.

In addition, as part of the project’s actions, biodigester pits are implemented on the properties to treat sewage. These pits carry out anaerobic biodigestion of organic waste, converting it into gases and liquid effluent. This decentralized treatment avoids the need for complex collection and transport infrastructures, as well as reducing the risk of contamination of nearby water sources.

Atlantica relies on organizations such as Florestal Jr., Emater-MG and the Federal University of Viçosa to adopt a comprehensive approach that not only aims to restore ecosystems, but also promotes the well-being of local communities and the health of the environment. It’s a commitment that involves the land and the people who depend on it.

Certification groups

With a mission to promote sustainable practices throughout the coffee production journey, reflecting a commitment to the environment, Atlantica Coffee collaborates closely with certification groups to assist and empower partner producers through guidance. This allows them to obtain important certifications, such as 4C, Practices, Certifica Minas, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ, promoting ethical and environmentally responsible standards.

In addition, through the Montesanto Tavares Group, Atlantica currently has its own certification, GMT Green, which establishes a series of criteria assessed at each property, addressing governance, environmental and social issues, with special attention to respect for human rights.

More than mitigating risks, GMT Green aims to guide coffee production towards a more sustainable path, where each stage genuinely respects people and natural resources.

Investing in the future

The Mutua Project, GMT Green and certifications not only strengthen the company’s identity, but also enable partners to stand out in an increasingly aware and demanding market. This represents an investment in the future of coffee-growing and the planet, demonstrating a lasting commitment to sustainability.

At Atlantica, we believe in innovation as the key to facing challenges, looking for new ways to reduce the environmental impact throughout the coffee production chain and promote sustainability. With a commitment to helping protect the environment and the well-being of neighboring communities.