A coffee farm that is part of the ProAves Cerulean Warbler Reserve in Santander, Colombia was recently certified by Rainforest Alliance (under the cooperative Asociación de Cafés Sostenibles de Santander). The 15 ha farm was acquired in 2006 by ProAves, the Colombian partner of the American Bird Conservancy (ABC). These two organizations worked together to secure funding to establish the 220 ha Reserve in 2005. In 2008, the farm covered 18% of the Reserve’s operating costs, and the goal is to cover all operating costs by 2011 through the sales of coffee.
As part of the Save the Cerulean Warbler effort, ABC has also marketed a Cerulean Warbler Coffee, roasted and distributed by Thanksgiving Coffee Company, which we have reviewed here.
Just to avoid confusion, the ABC/Thanksgiving Cerulean Warbler coffee is from a different part of Colombia, not from farms adjacent to or near the Reserve. The Thanksgiving Coffee Company’s Cerulean Warbler Coffee is not Rainforest Alliance or Smithsonian Bird-Friendly certified. According to ABC, the plans are for Thanksgiving to source coffee from these farms in the future. Currently, coffee from farms near the Reserve are being sold to wholesalers and are not being marketed as conservation coffees.