What’s BIKAS COFFEE VILLAGE？
BIKAS COFFEE VILLAGE is one of the GLOBALACTION by BIKAS COFFEE to plant coffee trees with the owner’s name on them in the production area (Harpan village, Nepal). In this project, coffee seedlings grown in Harpan village (1,200 m altitude) in Kaski district, Nepal, can be purchased and planted with their names on them. Through ‘tree planting’, which links environmental protection, income enhancement for coffee farmers and community building for consumers with a common value, the project aims to create a new value chain in the coffee cycle from production to consumption, while contributing to the prevention of global warming.
【Problems faced by coffee】
Coffee is enjoyed by many people around the world, but it is currently facing a certain problem. This is “declining production due to global warming”. Rising temperatures and humidity make coffee more susceptible to rust, a serious disease for coffee, leading to reduced yields and lower quality. As a result of the increasing damage caused by rust, many producers are expected to withdraw from coffee production, and it is said that by 2050 the number of arabica coffee growing areas will decrease by about 50%.
【Sustainable coffee cultivation ‘Agroforestry’.】
Coffee cultivation is usually carried out on plantation farms, which require large areas of land for cultivation. In major coffee-growing regions, large-scale deforestation is carried out to secure this land. The current situation is that, as a result of the primary focus on how to produce coffee efficiently, mass cultivation with heavy machinery and deforestation are the means to achieve this, and environmental destruction is taking place.
However, the coffee trees we source from Harpan Village are planted alongside fields where vegetables and other crops are grown, or in forests. These methods are called ‘agroforestry’ and ‘mixed planting’, and are said to be ‘forest-building agricultural methods’ that utilise the characteristics of both crops.
In Harpan Village, coffee beans are cultivated as a kind of ‘sideline’, allowing people to increase their income without forcibly changing their existing lifestyle and diversifying the risk of their source of income. In addition, by planting coffee in the forest and under trees, Harpan Village naturally creates an environment where coffee trees, which do not like direct sunlight, can grow easily. Therefore, no pesticides are used, and all fertilisers, such as livestock manure and rice straw from the rice paddies, are all natural products that can be procured in the village.
However, because the coffee is grown on mountain slopes and terraced fields, machinery cannot be installed and all management is manual and time-consuming. In addition, the coffee cherries that are harvested are washed and dried by hand before being turned into green coffee beans, so it is not possible to produce coffee in large quantities. Therefore, Nepalese coffee beans are generally not available in Japan.
However, we believe that the coffee from Harpan Village contains the essence of sustainable coffee cultivation and consumption, and that the spread of this cultivation model around the world will lead the coffee industry into a better future.
＃想いを植えるコーヒー植樹(Planting coffee trees to plant thoughts)
BIKAS COFFEE VILLAGE is not simply a project that aims to solve social problems by ‘creating forests and creating jobs’.
The main actors are the ‘Sei-katsu-sha’ who exist in this society.
‘I want to achieve results as a businessman.’
I want to eat delicious food every day.
I want to compete in the Olympics.
I want to marry the person I love.
‘I want to solve environmental problems by myself.’
‘I want to help people in need through international cooperation’ ….
I want to do something good! I want to live like this! Don’t you have some kind of feeling like that? The Tree Planting Project is a project to support “Sei-katsu-sha” who have various aspirations for their lives. The aim of this project is to create a vision of what each of us wants to be by planting trees. As a result, this will lead to the creation of forests and the resolution of issues that create employment, which in turn will create a cycle that will sustain our lives and livelihoods.
BIKAS COFFEE VILLAGE so far
BIKAS COFFEE VILLAGE has been recruiting people (village people) to plant trees every May since 2021 using the crowdfunding website campfire as a medium.
[Part 1] End the era of mass production and mass consumption! Revolutionising sustainable coffee cultivation!
The BIKAS COFFEE VILLAGE is a project to end the era of mass production and mass consumption through the planting of coffee trees with your name on them, and to create an economic cycle that links production to consumption and beyond to the community through value.
The first edition was entitled ‘End the era of mass production and mass consumption! BIKAS COFFEE VILLAGE”, we called for supporters under the title “Revolutionising sustainable coffee cultivation!”. The result was that within four hours of the project’s launch, the initial target of 500,000 yen had been reached, and the next goal of planting ‘100 thoughts’ was set, which ultimately resulted in 112 thoughts being planted!
[Part 2] Building a coffee shop in Kathmandu, Nepal, through forest-building coffee planting!
Supporters are being sought for the second phase of the “BIKAS COFFEE VILLAGE” project to plant coffee trees with the owner’s name on them in the production area (Harupan Village, Nepal). The funds raised this time will be used to build the second BIKAS COFFEE shop in [Nepal], the main shop in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The second BIKAS COFFEE VILLAGE in 2022 updated the first vision of “ending the era of mass production and mass consumption” and set a new vision of “realising a society where people can continue to envision Mirai” and aimed to plant 400 trees. Furthermore, with the funds raised through this crowdfunding campaign, we will also use the funds to open our second physical shop, BIKAS COFFEE Nepal Kathmandu, in [Nepal], our brand identity, following Edogawabashi in Tokyo, in December 2022 (planned). We are taking up the challenge. In the second call for applications, as in the first call, for the second year in a row, we were able to achieve 100% on the first day of the project’s release. We also worked towards the end of the project with the final goal of planting  trees as the next goal, and although we fell far short of our target, we were able to plant 106 trees and thoughts.
Furthermore, BIKAS COFFEE VILLAGE received a lot of positive feedback and was featured in numerous media outlets.
【BIKAS COFFEE】Nepal Coffee to save the future of coffee.
Coffee is readily available at cafés and convenience stores at any time of the day. Coffee has long been loved not only by us Japanese, but also by people all over the world as a familiar presence.
But do you know that due to a certain problem, the time is fast approaching when we will no longer be able to drink coffee casually?
In this issue, we introduce BIKAS COFFEE, a Nepalese coffee brand that confronts such problems and engages in sustainable coffee cultivation.