Swiss entrepreneur Johann Dähler has been working as a farmer in the Ivory Coast for almost 40 years. His pioneering spirit helped Johann and his wife Jolanda to successfully establish and operate pineapple plantations in the Ivory Coast for more than 20 years. Today, he also works in Costa Rica and Brazil, where he operates, pineapple, rubber, cocoa and agroforestry plantations.
Johann Dähler was the mentor of Luca Costa when he worked on his plantations - and stayed a mentor even after Luca left. Today, Johann Dähler promotes and supports our project. He is convinced that we will write a success story.
Till Bossert and his business partner have been running the successful SME Herchenbach GmbH near Cologne since 2015. After training as a graduate industrial engineer and many years of experience in strategy consulting, he set up his own business in 2013 together with his business partner. Yanik Costa supported this entrepreneurial duo from 2013 to 2015 in the search for a suitable company to acquire. Till Bossert shared his experience in corporate governance, strategy and fundraising with Yanik. He advises the Mt. Sunzu Coffee Estate as a mentor on administrative and legal matters.
The agronomist Dr.rer.agr. Joachim Milz works as director of the company Ecotop, which offers agricultural advisory services. Joachim Milz has worked in tropical countries for over 30 years. He promotes sustainable agriculture and pushes it forward through his consulting firm. As part of his consulting activities for Fredy's Plantation in the Ivory Coast, Luca Costa got to know Joachim's approach to farming. Luca has applied some of Joachim’s principles the Mt. Sunzu Coffee Estate plantation design. Among other things, the coffee is cultivated under shade trees in an agroforestry system and biological pest control is used to reduce insect damage. Soil fertility is increased by a high turnover of organic matter.
Andermatt Biocontrol combines existing solutions and consulting activities; and develops advanced biological crop protection products for Swiss and international agriculture.
The Mt. Sunzu Estate partners with Andermatt Biocontrol and its Zambian subsidiary Madumbi Sustainable Agriculture. Together with Andermatt Biocontrol, we will set up research plots on which we are looking for biological solutions in coffee cultivation. Through these field trials we generate value, contribute knowledge and hope to be able to make commercial agriculture more ecological. Andermatt Biocontrol can count on a reliable partner in Zambia and we will be at the forefront of new biological crop protection products.
Since InterAmerican Coffee was founded in the year 2000, it has been an importer and trader of finest specialty coffee of selected estates and producers from all over the globe. Due to a close and long-lasting collaboration with the coffee producers, they can maintain a stable and high coffee quality. The coffee quality is assed along the whole supply chain. It starts at the farm level, to the shipping until the coffee is tested in the meeting rooms and laboratories of InterAmerican Coffee.
The Mt. Sunzu Coffee Estate is in close contact with the head of procurement of InterAmerican Coffee. Together we are working towards a shared marketing concept. InterAmerican Coffee singed a letter of intent with the Mt. Sunzu Coffee Estate.
The World Coffee Research (WCR) has a vision to provide coffee farmers with coffee varieties adapted to their location and knowledge of modern cultivation methods. The WCR wants to bring this toolbox to all production countries to ensure the availability of high-quality coffee in the future and in all parts of the world. The WCR’s projects and collaborations are designed to improve producers' living standards, output and knowledge.
The Mt. Sunzu Coffee Estate has initiated a research collaboration with the WCR on genetic diversity and coffee varieties. We can benefit from a variety of freely accessible plant material, whereas the WCR can rely on a technically competent and reliable partner to test-grow their newly developed species.