Coffee According To Us

14 Apr 2015

When we decided to launch the idea of the Slow Food Presidia brand for coffees back in 2010, we knew we would be facing an important, complex but necessary challenge: to bring consumers, coffee roasters and producers closer together by creating new channels of communication and information between two such distant worlds. It was a challenge based on the concepts of raw material traceability, transparency throughout the production process and identity.

 

The first coffee Presidium had already been set up eight years earlier, in Huehuetenango in 2002 together with the social cooperative Pausa Café and different communities who were interested in becoming part of the growing network of coffee producers working with the association. Since then we have accompanied these communities in the creation of a network involving six Slow Food Presidia: two in Central America (Huehuetenango in Guatemala and Montagna Camapara in Honduras) and four in Africa (Harenna in Ethiopia, Luwero in Uganda, Ibo Islands in Mozambique and Sao Tomè).

 

During this journey we relied upon the collaboration of roaster friends who, with their wealth of experience and knowledge, helped support producers in improving their coffees and, together with Slow Food, help outline the path forward. The roasters visited the coffee plantations themselves to learn about the first link in the production chain, to discuss and learn from producers while also explaining how their coffees are used in Italy.

 

They gained an understanding of the way the coffee producers work, as well as of their production protocols. This guided them, once back in Italy and together with Slow Food, to write the production protocols for the Slow Food Presidium coffee brand, thereby regulating an entire supply chain. The roasters and producers tasted their coffees together at Salone del Gusto and during visits made to the roasting facilities, which helped them identify the strengths and flaws of their products and suggest improvements. Thanks to this journey, roasters also became producers of the Presidia themselves, alongside the Central American and African coffee growers.

 

Most of them have since come to join the Slow Food Presidia brand project and it now comprises a group of 16 roasters who routinely buy, process and sell some Slow Food Presidia coffees. It is a network made up of artisans and companies from around Italy (six in the North, eight in Central Italy and two in the South) who passionately promote the coffee producer’s work and not only sell coffee, but serve customers the story, identity and culture of coffee itself.

 

Our experience throughout these years has helped us understand that we are on the right path and that it is crucial to continue to work to help the Presidia and roaster network to grow, helping to create and share more knowledge, awareness and dignity, together.

 

Andrea Amato

Responsible for the Slow Food Coffee Presidia Project

 

Discover the Slow Food Presidia Coffees:

www.slowfoodfoundation.com

[email protected]

 

The Coffee Roaster Network

Slow Food Presidia coffees are imported into Italy by the social enterprise Equiqui from Alba (CN). For further information: [email protected]

 

L’Art Caffè Torrefazione

Fornovo S. Giovanni, Lombardy

Erminia Nodari

tel. +39 0363 351960

[email protected]

www.artcaffe.com

 

Boutic Caffè

Turin, Piedmont

Paolo Di Feo

tel. +39 011 4474504

[email protected]

www.caffeboutic.it

 

Caffè Alberto

Caselle Torinese, Piedmont

Corrado Alberto

tel +39 011 9968530

[email protected]

www.caffealberto.it

 

Caffè Caroli

Martina Franca (TA)

Pierangelo Chiarelli

tel. +39 080.4306600

[email protected]

www.caffecaroli.it

 

Caffè Corsini

Badia al Pino, Tuscany

Santi Anedotti

tel. +39 0575 41071

[email protected]

www.caffecorsini.it

 

Caffè San Domenico

Sant’Antonino di Susa, Piedmont

Roberto Messineo

tel. +39 339 1868580

[email protected]

www.caffesandomenico.wix.com/caffe-san-domenico

 

Granonero

Ostuni, Puglia

Alfredo Orlando

tel. +39 831 341611

[email protected]

www.caffeorlando.com

 

L’Albero del Caffè

Anzola nell’Emilia, Emilia-Romagna

Alessio Baschieri

tel. +328 4975500

[email protected]

www.alberodelcaffe.org

 

Lady Café

San Secondo Parmense, Emilia-Romagna

Massimo Bonini

tel. +39 0521 371091

[email protected]

www.torrefazioneladycafe.com

 

Lavazza

Bianca Genitori

tel. 011 2398946

[email protected]

www.lavazza.it

 

Le Piantagioni del Caffè

Livorno, Tuscany

Enrico Meschini

tel. +39 0586 429094

[email protected]

www.lepiantagionidelcaffe.it

 

Mokador

Faenza, Emilia-Romagna

Matteo Castellari

tel. +39 0546 22422

[email protected]

www.mokador.it

 

Pausa Café Cooperativa Sociale

Turin, Piedmont

Marco Ferrero

tel. +39 335 5905537

[email protected]

[email protected]

www.pausacafe.org

 

Perfero Caffè

Altidona, Marche

Simone Meriggi

tel +39 349 6889186

[email protected]

www.perferocaffe.it

 

Torrefazione Piansa

Bagno a Ripoli, Tuscany

Alessandro Staderini

tel. +39 055 645774

[email protected]

www.caffepiansa.com

 

Trinci Torrefazione Artigiana di Caffè e Cacao

Cascine di Buti, Tuscany

Andrea Trinci

tel. +39 0587 722026

[email protected]

www.impressioni.it

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