The Brazilian Association of Organic and Sustainable Coffees (ACOB) was founded in 1998 with the goal of promoting production and access to the market of organic and sustainable coffees. Headquartered in the town of Machado, South Minas Gerais, with a branch in the city of Campinas, ACOB is strategically located in the heart of the producing regions of the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais. Currently, ACOB congregates small, medium and large individual producers of organic and sustainable coffees, associations, cooperatives of family farmers, as well as exporters, traders, roasters, importers, retailers, universities and NGOs. ACOB members can offer several profiles of the following high quality coffees: (i) organic and Fair Trade green coffees, (ii) organic and Fair Traded roasted coffees and (iii) green coffees on the way to sustainability.
ACOB members are organic certified by one or more systems such as the European (2092/91), the American (NOP) and the Japanese (JAS). Both associations and cooperatives of small holders are certified by Fair Trade (FLO) and can export their coffees with the FT seal.
Some growers-members also hold Utz Certified or Rain Forest Alliance, beyond organic certification. Producers not yet certified, in the transition process to the organic system, can become an ACOB member. Exporters, traders, roasters, retailers, banks, NGOs and researches can also take part of ACOB.
ACOB is also the implementer of a project supported by European foundations, traders, roasters, governments etc., which has been training 2,500 small and middle coffee farmers on (i) sustainable production, (ii) practices to increase resilience against sever climate and improve water security, (iii) coffee quality and better markets and (iv) characteristics and advantages of being organized into groups of farmers.
Other actions rely on (i) stimulating researches to improve coffee quality nationally produced, (ii) providing support to growers-members in the fields of technology, management and marketing, and (iii) disseminating the principles of organic agriculture through events and training sessions, among other activities.
Mission and Objectives
Our mission is to develop the environmental and social economic status of sustainably focused coffee producers by promoting efficiency in production, quality orientations, and functioning as a multiplier effect for coffee producers as a whole.
The main objectives of ACOB are:
I. Preserve the ecosystems and human life on the planet;
II. Take care of the interests of its members and the coffee sector;
III. Provide support to its growers-members in fields related to technology, quality, certification, management and marketing of organic and sustainable coffee;
IV. Incentivize research that help to enhance the production of organic coffees and their quality;
V. Promote the quality control of coffee produced by its members;
VI. Develop market systems and marketing actions for organic and sustainable coffees;
VII. Create and keep an up-to-date data bank;
VIII. Promote seminars, presentations and events about organic and sustainable coffees.