The Bangdong Organic Coffee Farm Project aims to produce premium quality coffee without the use of polluting pesticides and fertilizers. The project will elevate incomes in village communities and have a positive social and environmental impact on the area.
Coffee grown in Yunnan, along with other coffee growing regions in China, only produces enough to supply 25% of China’s total coffee consumption. That means that 75% of China’s coffee is imported even though Yunnan’s coffee has proven to be of top quality. Moreover, China’s coffee consumption grows by about 20% each year, far beyond that of any other large country. The Bangdong Organic Coffee Farm Project aims to take advantage of China’s increasing coffee demand and supply beans of exceptional quality and jump ahead of the market with an organic product.
In Bangdong Village, tea has long served as the main source of income. With a dwindling tea market, villagers want to make a shift to coffee and have already committed 300 mu to its production. Moreover, Bangdong’s elevation, climate and soils are ideal to produce top quality coffee beans.
Though most coffee farms are dependent upon fertilizers and pesticides, the Bangdong Organic Coffee Farm Project aims for a more sustainable model. By partnering Arabica coffee with rosemary bushes, Shisham plants and Moringa trees, farms will produce coffee in a shade environment to conserve water and produce a more flavorful bean. Moreover, the four plants in partnership provide a natural defense against pests and rejuvenate soil nutrients eliminating the need for pesticides and fertilizers.
Growing organic will not only has a positive environmental impact on Bangdong Village, but an economic one as well. China’s organic market continues to grow as consumers recognize the health and taste benefits of organic products and many are willing to pay a 25% premium for products that have been grown and produced without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
The Bangdong Organic Coffee Project also has the distinct advantage to be partnered with Kunming Salvador’s Food and Beverage Co, Ltd. Salvador’s has been at the forefront of Kunming’s retail coffee market for more than 7 years. Salvador’s will prove to be an important asset when it comes to the branding and marketing of a finished coffee product.