The “Los Caminos del Café” project started almost a decade ago when Alfred Conesa, former research director of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (Agricultural research body), in France, and advisor for the Mediterranean coffee firm, “Malongo”, visited Santiago de Cuba.
Alfred Conesa contacted Omar López, an architect, and Conservator for the Town of Santiago de Cuba, requesting information on the archaeological features of the initial coffee plantations in south east Cuba, declared as the Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2000.
He visited the former Fraternidad coffee plantation house and the surrounding area. At this stage, he had the idea of launching a cooperation-based project to protect this cultural heritage.
The Los Caminos del Café project took its first steps based on the agreements signed between the Malongo Foundation and the Conservation Office of the Town of Santiago de Cuba, represented by Jean-Pierre Blanc and the architect, Omar López Rodríguez, respectively.
“Los Caminos del Café” project is currently funded by the European Union (The European Union), the Malongo Foundation (The Malongo Foundation) and the Conservation Office of the Town of the Santiago de Cuba (The Conservation Office of the Town of Santiago de Cuba), and contributes to sustainable socio-economic development, on the basis of coffee plantation heritage and the regional culture of Santiago de Cuba, with the support of responsible tourism.
The project is generally coordinated by the DraC Yaumara lópez Segrera (Conservation Office of the Town of Santiago de Cuba), representing Cuba and by Jean-Christophe Galland (Malongo Foundation), representing Europe.