Caravela Coffee will contribute US$130,000 over the next two years to support the entire research and development agenda of World Coffee Research (WCR). “The coffee industry needs to invest more in science and hard facts, as they are so key to informing our decisions affecting coffee’s future and to help growers cope with the enormous risks and challenges that they are facing,” says Alejandro Cadena, Caravela’s CEO and Co-founder. “I hope more companies will join us in investing in supporting science.” Caravela Coffee is a long-time supporter of WCR through its checkoff program, in which a small portion of the price of green coffee purchased by a roaster supports WCR’s efforts to foster sustainable coffee production. Caravela matches its roasters’ contributions dollar-for-dollar. The company’s new US$130,000 pledge will be paid through a combination of the matching contributions triggered by its roasters and an outright contribution. “Caravela Coffee has been a trusted and committed ally of World Coffee Research,” says Tim Schilling, WCR’s Founder and CEO. Caravela also supports local coffee farmers by helping them gain access to the tools and information they need to run successful businesses. One of the WCR initiatives Caravela has supported is the International Multilocation Variety Trial (IMLVT), which brought 35 top varieties of Arabica coffee to 23 countries around the world for rigorous testing and evaluation to see how different varieties perform in different environments. Caravela works directly with more than 4500 producers across eight countries in Latin America, 90 per cent of which are smallholders. For more information on World Coffee Research, visit worldcoffeeresearch.org.