Good Coffee Farms establishes coffee cultivation research site in Okinawa

Good Coffee Farms establishes coffee cultivation research site in Okinawa

“Dry bicycle pulping” using a bicycle-powered threshing machine (provided photograph)

November 5, 2020 Ryukyu Shimpo

On November 4 Good Coffee Farms (Tokyo, represented by Carlos Melen), a company that works with Guatemalan coffee, announced that it will be establishing a research site for commodity development and where there is potential for coffee cultivation on the northern part of Okinawa Island, Okinawa Prefecture. This will be the second such site following the one in Guatemala. Good Coffee Farms held an interview addressing this topic in Nago Aguri Park, Nago City.
Good Coffee Farms guides farmers in Guatemala in coffee cultivation methods and the like. The company is concerned with sustainability, and is particular about using environmentally-friendly cultivation methods. Good Coffee Farms utilizes “dry bicycle pulping”, which uses a bicycle-powered threshing machine and does not discharge water and carbon dioxide during threshing, and the company has come to support small-scale farms in Guatemala.

On November 4 at Nago Aguri Park in Nago City, Carlos Melen (second from the left) of Good Coffee Farms announced the establishment of a new research site in Okinawa.

Mr. Melen, who took notice of Okinawa’s mild climate and ease of domestic and foreign access, said “I am still not certain which coffee beans will be best suited to Okinawa, and I look forward to searching them out”. Good Coffee Farms will cooperate with several plantations including Nakayama Coffee Plantation in Nago City. The company is renting a portion of the plantation and experimenting with foreign varieties of coffee as well as refining methods.
(English translation by T&CT and Erin Jones)

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