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Quality Training and Marketing Empowerment with the Bushika Cooperative in Uganda

Last week, on Thursday 18th, and Friday 19th of January, 2024, Beyco Implementation Officer in Uganda, Brian, and Progreso´s Quality Consultant, Yvette, visited the Bushika Integrated Area Cooperative Enterprise Limited. The purpose of our visit was to enhance the quality practices within the organization and empower its marketing team with the effective use of the Beyco trading platform.
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Brewing Empowerment: The Kopakaki Dutegure Cooperative’s Inspiring Journey

Grab your favorite mug and settle in for a story that goes beyond the beans. Today, we're taking a journey to the lush landscapes of the Karongi district in Rwanda, where the Kopakaki Dutegure cooperative is not just brewing coffee but a revolution of empowerment and community upliftment.
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Welcoming Brian: From Coffee Enthusiast to Sustainable Development Advocate

Get to know Masereka Brian. Beyco´s newest Implementation Officer in Uganda
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Jean Calliope has joined the Progreso journey

We are happy to announce another great addition to our Beyco team: Jean Calliope SIBORUREMA, who joined us as the new Beyco Implementation Officer in Rwanda.
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Meet Imke Straaten: Our Newest Addition to the Progreso Team

We are thrilled to introduce you to the latest addition to our ever-growing team, Imke Straaten. Imke is taking on the role of Program Manager for Africa, and her base of operations will be in Uganda. With a rich background in International Development and a wealth of experience working and living in Eastern Africa, Imke is set to make a significant impact on managing our projects across the African continent. Imke’s journey toward a career in International Development began in India when she was only seventeen years old: By participating
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Meet Giuseppe Cipriani: Beyco’s New Business Development Lead on a Mission for Coffee and Cocoa Farmers

Introducing Giuseppe Cipriani, the newest addition to the Beyco family, who is set to take on the role of Sales Manager. Giuseppe's mission is clear: to build a thriving and vibrant network of producers and buyers, all while ensuring that farmers receive the recognition and rewards they rightfully deserve for their exceptional products.
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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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Join Us in Welcoming Our New Team Member: José Manuel Quigua Fajardo

We are thrilled to introduce our newest team member, José Manuel Quigua Fajardo, here at Progreso! Today, we want to take a moment to share more about José Manuel and his deep connection to the world of coffee and agroforestry.
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Introducing Rodney Nikkels as our newest Board Member: A Dedicated Advocate for Smallholder Farmers

Welcome, Rodney Nikkels, to the Board of Progreso! We are thrilled to have such a passionate individual join our team. Rodney's commitment to improving the lives of smallholder coffee and cacao farmers has been unwavering, even before Progreso existed the way it is now. 
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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
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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
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Introducing our newest team member: Yvette Torsha

At Progreso, we are thrilled to introduce our newest team member, Yvette, who has joined us as a Coffee Quality Consultant. With her extensive experience in providing coffee quality training across Uganda, Yvette is a valuable addition to our team. 
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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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Job opening: Sales Manager Beyco

Want to join us in scaling up our world-class trading platform based on blockchain that connects and facilitates sustainable trade in the global coffee and cacao industry? We are looking for a Sales Manager to join our team!
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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
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Meet our newest Progreso team member: Ida van der Burgh

Please meet our newest Progreso team member: Ida van der Burgh. Ida started in May as our Back Office Manager and will be in charge of all backend support that is needed for Progreso as a Foundation to do all the work we do on a daily basis across the continents
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Transparency and Traceability in the coffee sector

A report from the GIZ-INA event in Berlin Earlier this month, on the 4th and 5th of May, our Beyco Senior Product Owner, Federica Marra participated in the Coffee Sustainability Dialogue. This event, organized by GIZ-INA,  took place in Berlin, Germany,  and attracted more than 120 national and international representatives from the coffee industry. Federica specifically participated in the discussion on Transparency and traceability (also) in terms of regulation. This discussion was held in the form of market stalls, which all participants can visit one after the other. Next to
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Coffee in the USA – Part 3

In this blog we will see how companies come together in alliances, crossing boundaries inside and outside the coffee industry, ending up in the hegemony of only 4 blocks. Thousands of small and medium businesses have to find their niches in order to operate. Also something about habits and new trends in consumption.
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Coffee in the USA – Part 2 

Summary In the previous blog we looked at the history of coffee consumption in the United States and how the second wave caused changes in the coffee industry and consumption. Here, using the examples of Starbucks and Keurig Green Mountain, we explore two ways in which small pioneering companies have managed to grow and position themselves among the main players in the coffee industry in the United States. In the next blog more about alliances, habits and new trends in consumption. Coffee in the USA – Part 2  April 14, 2023,
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A coffee marketing training, that is more than ´just´ a training

This week was the first time that our Progreso team in Uganda organized a central training for all coffee cooperatives in the project, with as central theme: coffee marketing.
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Digital tools in the coffee market

Beyco, our global coffee networking and trading platform allows presenting coffee grower organizations to other financial entities to help them grow.
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