Coffee processing factory in Cape Verde certified to begin operating in December

14 November 2012

The dry processing company Fogo Coffee Spirit Ltd. has been inspected and cleared by the Directorate-General for Industry to begin operating in December, Saidy Andrade of Capital Consulting told Cape Verde’s Inforpress news agency.

Fogo Coffee Spirit Ltd. is a partnership comprising the Dutch company Trabocca (http://www.trabocca.com) with a 51 percent stake and Capital consulting with 49 percent. Andrade said its aim was to increase production and improve the quality of Fogo coffee to enhance its value and international presence.

The first phase of the project is finished, with the installation and certification of the dry-processing factory and the installation of a wet-processing unit, Andrade said, adding that there was equipment for one more wet-processing unit, which will be set up soon.

The equipment installed in this first phase is worth an estimated 16 million Cape Verdean escudos, from an investment of 52.5 million escudos over the next five years. It can process 500 kilos of coffee per hour and separate eight types according to size for commercialisation on national and international markets.

Andrade said that the project’s second phase aims to place 200,000 new coffee plants in upper Mosteiros. This will be followed by the installation of a company to toast/mill and package the coffee for commercialisation and the creation of spaces to sell the coffee and other Fogo Island products such as wine from São Filipe, along with others from the islands of Sal, Boavista and Santiago. (macauhub)

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