This is a translated version of the original article published June 14th 2022 in the danish business magazine Børsen:
A 52-hectare plantation in Laos is currently being converted to so-called ‘regenerative agriculture’. The company Slow Coffee is responsible for the project, which will supply 80 tonnes of coffee, annually, to the canteen provider, Food by Coor. It will do so for the next seven years, which Coor has committed to.
The plan is for the plantation to cover a total of 100 hectares, and while neither natural nor climate gains from the work can yet be measured, the companies have high expectations.
Up to 43,000 trees will be planted, which in total will bind more CO2 in the atmosphere than Slow Coffee emits in its entire value chain. In addition, the work will increase the biodiversity on the 100 hectares, through the planting of 20 tree species, which will unsure good conditions for animal species in the plantation.
Slow Coffee collaborates with the Finnish thinktank, Fortiko, to make annual measurements of the plantation’s CO2 uptake and the impact on biodiversity.
Meanwhile, Slow Coffee is in the process of mapping the climate impact from its value chain, so that the calculations can be compared in detail.