The distinctive quality of a cup of Colombian coffee is defined by different aspects, but mainly by its taste and aroma. What is the secret? Selective harvesting is what makes the Colombian coffee different from the rest of the world. It is a careful process of manual harvesting in which thousands of coffee growers and pickers select the ripe beans one by one. The labor cost of selective harvesting accounts for about 50% of the total production costs, putting the crop profit at risk. It’s important that the profitability and the social and economic sustainability of Colombian coffee is ensured. To do so, it’s necessary to adopt and develop new technologies that reduce the production cost.
Can you make the coffee harvesting process more efficient and profitable? And while doing this, still allowing the selection of ripe berries to be done at a low cost, without affecting the structure of the coffee plant and taking into account the conditions of the Colombian coffee production? Then we’re looking for you!
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
Pilot project to prove that your solution works
Expert coaching by locals involved in the harvesting process
Potential investment if needed for implementation
have a working prototype or demonstrator;
have minimal impact on the tree and crop structure;
focus only on collecting adult beans, with a maximum of 5% of green beans in the harvested mass.
Connect Bogotá Region accelerates innovation. Connect works for Bogotá and Cundinamarca to become one of the most innovative regions of Latin America, a 'City of Knowledge' where Economic development is based on creativity, innovation, science, technology, among many others, as generators of added value and wealth. At present, Connect has a network of 54 partners that make its operation possible: 30 companies and organizations and 24 universities are betting that the road to the development and competitiveness of the Region City is innovation.
The National Coffee Growers Federation of Colombia will select the most innovative and promising companies they wish to work with.
Selected startups will be invited to Bogota in December to talk business.
PILOT PROJECT START
The best startup(s) will be awarded with a pilot project that is planned to start early 2018.