In certain regions of Colombia, coffee drives deforestation and biodiversity loss because coffee’s booming global demand encourages agricultural practices that prioritize profit above all else.

On Abira’s farms, we constantly strive to promote sustainable practices within the industry by implementing a wide range of environment-friendly solutions while encouraging other producers to do the same.

We adapt our use of crop protection products to the altitude, climate, and soil conditions of the mountains where our coffee is produced.

Our coffee grows in South-West Antioquia, a region benefitting from high levels of humidity from the neighboring Colombian Pacific Coast. Air currents provide our soil with ideal moisture and organic matter where coffee plants naturally thrive. Additionally, the presence of coffee pests and diseases, such as the coffee Berry Borer, are considerably limited thanks to the high elevation of our plantations, between 1550 and 1950 meters above sea level (5000-6500 feet). This combination of ideal conditions permits a minimal use of fertilizers and pesticides, limiting our ecological impact and resulting in a cleaner agriculture.
Intercropping compatible plants is a way to make efficient use of resources and encourage biodiversity by providing a habitat for a variety of organisms that wouldn’t be present in a single-crop environment. So far, this initiative provides the crops with valuable nutrients and improving the soil structure while also boosting rural production in a region where coffee is usually the only source of income.
In order to prevent soil erosion in susceptible areas where we don’t grow coffee, we cultivate ground cover plants such as the arachis pintoi and other deep-rooted plants that contribute to moisture retention and increase fertility. In addition, we work to protect nearby water sources by planting bamboo-like vegetation, which encourages a healthy biodiversity in these precious ecosystems.
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