SUMMARY OF CAFÉ MARABOU
The Coffee is of the type Arabica grown from high mountain of Haiti. The “Compagnie Haitienne de Café” under the brand name of “Café Marabou” manufactures the finished coffee. The plant and his products are FDA approved. “Compagnie Haitienne de Café” is registered under the new FDA Bio-terrorism Act. Their certification number is 10623668382.
The finished product is divided in three distinct brands:
a) “Café Makaya” brand which is a washed coffee with reduced amount of Caffeine. The bean used for this blend in the “A” beans or Grade #1 from SCAA Green Coffee Classification system.
b) “Café Ti Mélo which is naturally process and unwashed
c) “ Café Péyi which is naturally process and unwashed but roasted with brown sugar
The bean used for the last two this bland is the “AB” beans or Grade #2 from SCAA Green Coffee Classification system. Marabou Café can be used as Specialty and Gourmet coffee. The supply of green beans to the plant is provided by members of FACN and sorted by FACN under the conditions explained above.
Café Marabou is package in five different bag sizes: 5 lb, 1lb (16-oz), 10-oz and 2-oz. All bags are vacuum-sealed except the 2-oz sample bag. The bags are packed in box of 12, 24 or 84 units. The bags are made of a mixture of polyester and foil. The Foil Side Gusseted bags are extrusion laminated. The polyester and foil are laminated together and joined by a layer of polyethylene (10#PE). The Foil and Linear Low Density Polyethylene are joined by a layer of polyethylene (7#). These layers of polyethylene work like an adhesive and bond the layers together.
The Specifications of the material of the bags can be summarized as:
48gaPet/ink/10#PE/.00035 Foil/7#PE/3.5 mil LLDPE w/EZ Peel.
The bags are produced by:
Pacific Bag Co.
2045 120th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Bellevue, WA 98005
On October 2002, the US FDA issued a new “GUIDE TO HAITIAN COFFEE EXPORTERS TO THE USA”. This guide provides some specific ways for green beans storage; bean processing including Roasting, grinding, packaging and shipping. Only four major coffee processing plants in Haiti have met The FDA requirements. They are: Café Rebo, Café Claudja, GEO Wiener, which carries the brand “Café Selecto”, and the Compagnie Haitienne de Café, which carries the brand “Café Marabou”. Among them, only Café Marabou is capable of delivering more than two containers of finished coffee per week under the FDA guidelines. Café Marabou has the most sophisticated and the most reliable processing plant in the country. Their supply of green beans is very secured because the beans are supplied by members of the “Fédération des Associations Caféières Natives” (FACN). FACN contains 37 coffee associations and 27,000 coffee growers.
A VIEW OF THE PACKAGING SECTION
(Picture of Alix Saint-Franc CEO/President – TWIDCO)
“Compagnie Haitienne de Café”, which produces Café Marabou is the largest and the most sophisticate coffee processing plant in Haiti. The plant is built on a 1.5 acres lot. The factory and storage facility is 10,000 square foot wide. The total office space is about 2,700 square foot. The plant has large and heavy-duty roasters with a total capacity to produce five 20-foot containers of 18,000 lbs each per week. The plant has an integral and effective quality control in place.
As stated above, Marabou is the only coffee processing plant in Haiti with the capability to supply immediately five (5) twenty-foot containers per week for eight-hour shift or twelve (12) twenty-foot containers per week for 24 hours of operations (two shift or 12 hours per day for 7 days per week). The plant has enough space to add the necessary equipment in order to increase his production volume requirements by five folds. In order to increase the capacity of the plan to his maximum production, we need a firm commitment from a potential buyer who need to issue an Irrevocable Corporate Purchase Order (ICPO) endorsed by a prime world bank.
COMPARING CAFÉ MARABOU WITH THE COMPETITORS
Additional information about the coffee can be found at: www.twidco.com/coffee
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