About Us

Who we are?

Specialty Coffee Association of Nicaragua(ACEN)

Image We are a group of producers, cooperatives, exporters, roasters and coffee shops that joined efforts to promote the consumption of Nicaraguan Coffee both domestically and abroad. Since its establishment in 1995, ACEN has been working on the promotion of premium quality coffee from Nicaragua, its culture, natural beauties as well as its business climate and potential to do business. ACEN has also been promoting the adoption of best practices in coffee production in order to ensure high quality production.

The Specialty Coffee Association of Nicaragua promotes Nicaraguan coffee both domestically and abroad to achieve higher prices from buyers as well as to position the country as a producer of specialty coffee whose trade practices are different from those of other countries. It further aims to expand its knowledge on quality and environmentally friendly promotion practices to stimulate innovation and competition among its members through the exchange of information. These efforts are meant to benefit ACEN's members and their communities as well as every other player involved in the coffee industry of Nicaragua.

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Association of Producers and exporters of Nicaragua (APEN)

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The need to find new options in the field of production and exports, led to the initiative of a group of non-traditional agricultural producers, to form in 1991 the Association of Producers and Exporters of Non-Traditional Products (APENN), an organization that was possible with the support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The objective was to provide support for small , medium and large Nicaraguan firms to improve their competitiveness. And so as thirteen years later, in December 2004 , the Association joined other although traditional , equally important for the generation of foreign exchange , such as coffee or meat items, which made the institution changed its name to become the Association Producers and Exporters of Nicaragua (APEN).

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National Coffee Council (CONACAFE)

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The National Coffee Council was created to coordinate the efforts of all components of the coffee growers for compliance with this Act 368 Coffee sector. CONACAFE, consists of:

  • The Minister of Development, Industry and Trade.
  • The Minister of Agriculture Forestry.
  • Eight producers, one for each coffee department, which must be chosen within the most representative organizations in each provincial constituency.
  • A representative for the beneficiadores.
  • A representative of exporters.
  • A representative of UNICAFE.