Exploring Australia’s Coffee Wonderland: A Journey through the 10th Melbourne International Coffee Expo

In the heart of Melbourne, something magical was brewing from July 17th to 19th: the 10th Melbourne International Coffee Expo ( MICE). 
For Progreso, though we are familiar with the European and American coffee markets, the Australian terrain was a bit uncharted, and thus Rianne van der Bom, our Progreso Asia Program Manager stationed in Indonesia, went out to explore what was happening in this corner of the world, and how did it resonate with the global coffee narrative?

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Another talent joining our team: please welcome Jean Paul Collazos Marina

We have more great news to share! Our team is expanding, and we are thrilled to introduce our newest member, Jean Paul Collazos Marina. From and based in Northeast Peru, Jean Paul is joining us as an Agroforestry Expert.

Jean Paul’s main role will be to work closely with coffee and cacao farmers and provide them with support, training, and technical assistance. He will help them design and implement sustainable agroforestry systems that improve the productivity and quality of their farms. This means finding ways to reduce the harmful effects of greenhouse gases and promoting a circular economy by storing carbon in the long term and selling it.

Jean Paul has a lot of experience in environmental work, particularly in monitoring and evaluating development programs and projects in different parts of Peru. He has worked with organizations like USAID and the European Union. He is also passionate about regenerative agriculture and protecting biodiversity. He knows about the processes involved in preparing coffee and cocoa after they are harvested, and he understands how to ensure their quality.

We are very excited to have Jean Paul on our team. With his knowledge and dedication, we are confident that he will help us achieve our goal of promoting sustainable agriculture and supporting local farmers. We look forward to seeing the positive impact he will make as he works with our partners and stakeholders.

At Progreso, we believe that collaboration and expertise are crucial for making a difference. With Jean Paul joining us, we are even better equipped to help farmers on their journey towards a more sustainable future. We are excited about the projects and successes that lie ahead as we continue to grow together.

The newest addition to our growing Progreso family: Bismarck Antonio Jarquin Jimenez! 

From Jinotega (north-eastern Nicaragua), Bismarck brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as an agricultural engineer with a remarkable 18-year career. We couldn’t be more excited to have him on board.

Throughout his extensive professional journey, Bismarck has held various roles in management and marketing, with a strong focus on collaborating with cooperatives and farmer organizations in Jinotega. His expertise spans a wide range of areas, including governance, administration, finance, sales, and, most importantly, working within the Coffee Value Chain.

Here at Progreso, we will be tapping into Bismarck’s talents to drive training initiatives and facilitate the sharing of knowledge within the Coffee Value Chain. His focus will be on crucial aspects such as collection, traceability, processing, export, risk management in prices, and fostering valuable connections.

Bismarck is particularly excited about the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of organizations and companies benefiting from our technical assistance projects in Nicaragua and Latin America. Through his expertise and skills, he aims to foster growth and success among the cooperatives and businesses we support.

As an organization dedicated to empowering cooperatives and companies with a strong coffee focus, we are honored to have Bismarck on our team. We firmly believe that his contributions will play a vital role in our ongoing success.

Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Bismarck Antonio Jarquin Jimenez. We are absolutely thrilled to have him on board and eagerly anticipate the incredible contributions he will make as we continue our mission to bring positive change to the world of coffee.

World of Coffee Forum 2023

Hosted by the Speciality Coffee Association (SCA), the World of Coffee Forum drew in more than 10,000 passionate attendees from an astounding 130 countries. Among the delegates were some of our very own colleagues from Progreso: our Managing Director, Anneke Goede, the Senior Product Manager of Beyco, Federica Marra, as well as our Program Managers Yasmin Córdova and Daan Mulder, overseeing Latin America and Africa respectively.

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Kicking off our Rwanda National program!

Last week, our team in Rwanda organized the kick-off event for the new national program.

This event took place at the Maraba cooperative and among the participants were the general managers, presidents and other board members of Maraba; KOPAKAKI, Buhanga, Kigembe, Nyampinga and KOAKAKA cooperatives. From Progreso, we had our Rwanda Project Manager Viateur, our quality and production expert Yvette and our Africa Program Manager Daan present.

It was not entirely coincidental that this event took place at one of the cooperatives we work with, since this way we were able to combine this event with an exchange visit.

The event started with a welcome word by Viateur, followed by an introduction to Progreso by Daan. Next up was Aimable, the manager of Sholi cooperative, who explained the long-standing partnership between Sholi and Progreso, followed by a tour of the processing facility of Maraba by their Quality and Production manager, Christine. The day closed with a blind cupping session led by Christine and Yvette with all participants. And with the vast majority of the votes, KOPAKAKI’s coffee came out as the winner. This bling cupping was a good reminder for the participants that the quality of the coffee is key!

All in all, a very successful day that gave space for lots of discussions; for partners to get to know each other, thus creating the basis for a collaboration from the beginning of the project on; to share and exchange experiences on common challenges related to running a coffee cooperative in Rwanda and clarifying the project goal and activities to all the partners involved.