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Register for the webinar, where we will give you all the details of PRF: Farm Summit 2024

Register for the webinar, where we will give you all the details of PRF: Farm Summit 2024.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Why 100% on a Farm
  • Regenerative Agriculture
  • Event Agenda: Main sessions, workshops, and special events.
  • Business Opportunities
  • Sourcing Trip Experience
  • Preparations and Logistics
  • Get your questions answered live
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Applications are now open – ready, set, apply! 🏁

Step into the heart of PRF as a volunteer and become part of an international community known for its dedication and passion for coffee. 

On October 17 & 18, 2024, in Santander, Colombia, you will gain valuable experience, join the latest trends, and grow your personal network as you help us run PRF: Farm Summit.

Volunteering comes with several benefits:

  • A free ticket to the two-day event
  • Meet coffee business owners, roasters, and producers from around the world
  • Private cupping and profiling session of your coffee.
  • Participate in the official coffee exchange
  • Join a vibrant community at a meaningful and purposeful event

You’ll also receive:

  • An official PRF Volunteer Participation Certificate
  • An official PRF: Farm Summit t-shirt

This time, we’re thrilled to welcome 130 volunteers, and applications close on August 15. Don’t miss out!

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Meet Our STE Host: Comercializadora Cumbres 🌟🏞️☕

The company represents the fourth generation of a coffee-producing family. It owns six farms in Ciudad Bolivar—Antioquia and produces 24 varieties.

Thanks to an extensive portfolio and in-house infrastructure, Comercializadora Cumbres has built strong and close relationships with renowned coffee growers and associations in ten regions across Colombia.

They can offer specialty coffees from the south to the north of the country, each with:

  • Diverse profiles
  • Unique processes
  • Exotic varieties
  • Quality control
  • Direct traceability
  • All-year-long availability

Join us for the Sourcing Trip Experience (STE) on October 13-16, 2024, in Colombia.

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Why PRF: Farm Summit 2024 is 100% on a Farm

We are excited to invite you to the first-ever PRF: Farm Summit in October 2024, a unique event highlighting the importance of regenerative agriculture that will:

  • Reunite 1000 international coffee producers and roasters from 30+ countries will unite in a working farm and mill
  • Develop your knowledge and interact with experts on regenerative and organic practices

We have hand-picked a third-generation farm, Hacienda Cafetera La Pradera, a center of excellence for organic coffee production with valuable local infrastructure. This immersive setting will allow attendees to see and learn about:

  • Solar panels implementation
  • Crop diversification strategies
  • Shade-grown coffee in an agroforestry system
  • Soil regeneration
  • Biochar fertilizer production
  • Biofertilizer operations

What truly sets the ninth edition apart is the integration of hands-on workshops and real-time demonstrations. Attending PRF: Farm Summit 2024 will provide a deeper understanding of regenerative and organic agriculture and how they can be implemented effectively.

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Discover the mission behind OBIIS, PRF’s gold sponsor

We are thrilled to announce OBIIS’s multi-year commitment as a Gold Sponsor, beginning with PRF Guatemala and continuing this fall with PRF: Farm Summit. Co-founded by Bob Fish in Michigan, USA, in 1995, BIGGBY Coffee, OBIIS’ parent company, has grown from a regional favorite to a national franchise powerhouse. In 2023 alone, BIGGBY launched 48 new locations and awarded 88 new franchises, moving steadily towards its goal of 500 total units nationwide. Bob, alongside his wife Michelle, founded OBIIS in 2018, an organization committed to sourcing coffee from farmers who prioritize the well-being of their people, communities, and the planet.

OBIIS leads the transformation of coffee production with a mission to achieve 100% Farm-Direct sourcing by 2028. By eliminating intermediaries, they ensure that more profits go directly to coffee producers, promoting economic sustainability and fostering responsible consumption. Their dedication to community development and economic growth extends beyond the coffee farms to benefit the entire community, driven by a genuine belief in doing what is right. OBIIS’s approach challenges the traditional C contract system, which often disadvantages farmers, by creating a fairer and more sustainable future for coffee producers and their communities.

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🎙Apply to speak at PRF: Farm Summit!

Join us October 17-18, 2024, at Hacienda La Pradera in Aratoca, Santander, Colombia. We’re looking for English and Spanish speakers for PRF Voices. Ideal candidates are those with a solid background in regenerative techniques and practices, over five years of experience, previous PRF participation, strong public speaking skills, and fresh insights into the 2024 coffee industry’s trends and challenges. You’ll need to share your latest ideas about regenerative farming for about 45 minutes.

Over the years, we have had the privilege of hosting speakers from 34 countries, enriching our forums with diverse insights and experiences.

For this edition, we are exploring potential topics that may include, but are not limited to, the following areas. Please consider these as starting points for proposals; we are open to other ideas that align with our themes:

  • Biochar Creation & Application Techniques
  • Soil Health and Composting Methods
  • Environmental and Social Governance in Coffee Production (ESG)
  • Crop Diversification and Intercropping Systems
  • Strategies for Climate Resilience
  • Innovations in Post-Harvest Processing
  • Agroforestry Practices
  • Advanced Water Management Techniques
  • Developing Carbon Credit Initiatives in Coffee Farming
  • Enhancing Soil Integrity with Cover Cropping
  • The Impact of Corporate Governance and ESG on Sustainable Coffee Production
  • Technological Innovations & Precision Agriculture AI Tools 
  • Innovations in Microbial Soil Management
  • Integrating Livestock in Coffee Agroforestry
  • Pest Detection & Management Strategies

We encourage experts in these fields to bring forward their ideas and insights as we aim to foster meaningful discussions and practical learning about regenerative agriculture within the coffee industry.

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☕ Here’s Why Roasters Should Join PRF: Farm Summit

We are thrilled to invite you to PRF: Farm Summit, taking place on a working farm in Colombia this October 17-18. Positioned as a key business event for the coffee industry, this farm summit goes beyond a typical conference. With over 1000 attendees, including producers from more than 10 countries and roasters from over 30 countries, it offers a unique, fully immersive farm experience. The summit serves as a strategic platform to propel business growth, enhance networking opportunities, and place you at the cutting edge of coffee innovation and sustainability.

Why Attend PRF: Farm Summit?

  • Direct Sourcing Connections: Forge direct trade relationships with producers from over 10 countries. This is your chance to secure coffee at its origin, ensuring quality and traceability.
  • Hands-On Farm Experience: Dive deep into the farm operations. Engage directly with the cultivation processes to better understand the product journey from seed to cup.
  • Networking with Industry Leaders: Connect with peers, pioneers, and influencers from across 30 countries. Expand your professional network, discover collaborative opportunities, and gain strategic insights.
  • Market Expansion Opportunities: Explore emerging consumer trends and new market potentials. Tailor your offerings to meet the evolving demands of the global coffee consumer.
  • Enhanced Program Features: Our farm program is the core of our event, featuring all the familiar elements from previous editions—booths, competitions, workshops, roundtables—but with a significant upgrade.
  • Participate in Competitions: Showcase your skills in roasting and cold brew competitions. Gain recognition and benchmark your offerings against the best in the industry.

Attending PRF: Farm Summit not only enhances your understanding of regenerative and organic practices but also strategically positions your brand in a competitive marketplace. Here, you’ll gain:

  • Insights into regenerative practices that are setting the new standards in sustainable coffee production.
  • Opportunities to engage with early adopters and leaders who are shaping the future of the coffee industry.
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Here’s Why You Should Join PRF: Farm Summit 🌍

We are excited to invite coffee producers and industry participants to the PRF: Farm Summit, which will be held this October 17-18 on a working farm in Colombia. This summit is more than an event; it’s a strategic opportunity to connect with over 1,000 attendees, including producers from more than 10 countries and roasters from over 30 countries. The summit’s focus will be on regenerative and organic practices, equipping attendees with the knowledge to lead in sustainability and ethical sourcing in their markets.

Why should you attend?

  • Networking Opportunities: Build connections with roasters, green coffee buyers, and other key stakeholders. Expand your network and open doors to new business prospects.
  • Hands-On Farm Experience: Engage directly with a farm setting that appreciates and understands the needs of coffee farmers. Learn from others who share your dedication to coffee.
  • Market Trends Insight: Stay ahead by learning about the latest in regenerative practices, roasters preferences, and market demands. Use these insights to align your production with global trends.
  • Direct Feedback: Receive firsthand feedback from roasters and buyers on your coffee’s quality. Use this valuable information to refine your production strategies and improve your offerings.
  • Access to New Technologies & Products: Discover innovative technologies and products that can enhance your farming efficiency and coffee quality. Equip yourself with the tools needed to thrive in the competitive coffee market.
  • Funding and Scholarship Opportunities: Eligibility for funding programs aimed at supporting innovative projects and community initiatives.
    Export and Trade Guidance: Information on how to access and navigate new export markets and trade regulations.
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🚨Don’t Miss Out: PRF Farm Summit in Colombia is here, Oct 17-18!

We’re thrilled to launch the PRF: Farm Summit, a dynamic new event format held entirely on a coffee farm and mill at Hacienda Cafetera La Pradera in Santander, Colombia. Each year, the Farm Summit will explore a different academic focus and theme, directly responding to the evolving needs of our industry.

This inaugural event focuses on regenerative and organic practices, offering strategies for producers to reduce costs, adapt to climate change, and boost yields. For roasters, it’s a chance to connect directly with innovative producers and explore new sourcing opportunities

We invite producers and roasters to join us for a series of hands-on workshops, farm tours, competitions, and more. This event will unite producers from 10+ origins and international roasters from 30+ countries, creating a fertile platform for sharing expertise and enhancing networking.

The Farm Summit will welcome up to 1,000 attendees, enabling unprecedented engagement with state-of-the-art agricultural practices and innovations right where coffee is grown. This venue supports activities previously unfeasible at traditional conferences.

While we will continue to host our annual two-day forums in cities across LATAM, the Farm Summit promises a more intimate experience, adapting each year to a new country and theme.

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A message from PRF 📝

We’re thrilled to host the 8th edition of the Producer & Roaster Forum (PRF) in Guatemala.

PRF is all about bringing together producers and roasters to drive innovation and collaboration. This year, we want to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Make it a point to speak with people you wouldn’t usually interact with. Networking with new faces can open doors to unexpected opportunities and insights, enriching our community and pushing our industry forward.

 Let’s make PRF 2024 purposeful by exploring new possibilities together. 

Can’t wait to see the unique connections you’ll make in Guatemala. 
¡GRACIAS QUERIDA COMUNIDAD DE CAFÉ!

See you soon.

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FECCEG 🇬🇹STE Host Sponsor

FECCEG’ association is a cozy bunch of rural producers from the Mam, K’iche’, Ixil, Kaqchikel, and Popti indigenous communities. We’re all about farming and we spread our love for agriculture across 9 areas in Guatemala: Cobán, Chimaltenango, Huehuetenango, San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, Sololá, and Suchitepéquez. It’s pretty awesome what they do and where they do it! 🍒

They’re a colorful mix but all on the same team: Guys, gals, and the youth from various indigenous backgrounds pulling together to make their organic goodies a hit in the community market.

They’re like guardians of the green: Taking care of nature’s gifts in our backyards, munching on the healthy, organic stuff we grow. All about giving back to the community: We’re here to boost everyone’s well-being, development, and health – not just our crew but our customers too.

FECCEG is super passionate about their work: It’s all done with a whole lot of heart, and you can bet it shines through in the trust of their partners and patrons. Every win is a win for the whole squad.

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Siquem Coffee Co. 🇬🇹 New STE Host Sponsor

Since founding in 1921 in the breathtaking region of Palencia, Guatemala, the company has been dedicated to growing and sharing the finest coffee beans with the world. With a legacy spanning about a century, they take immense pride in their heritage and the exceptional quality of their coffee.

At their farm, they firmly believe in maintaining strong relationships with the local community and the environment. They work closely with around 250 farmers, providing fair wages and empowering them with knowledge and resources.

Their commitment to excellence extends to every step of the process. From the careful handpicking of ripe cherries to the precise sorting and processing techniques, they ensure that only the finest beans make their way into your cup.

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A Conversation with Ally about bridging the age gap in coffee production

Ally’s Coffee

A place where every coffee bean has its own story, from the sunny farms of Brazil to the bustling cafes around the world. This is where coffee lovers and coffee growers come together to share the love of a good cup of coffee.

At Ally’s Coffee, they believe in doing things the right way. That means working closely with farmers to make sure they grow the best coffee beans, and then helping them find coffee roasters who care just as much about quality as they do. It’s all about making sure that the coffee you drink is not only delicious but also made with respect for everyone involved in its journey.

The team at Ally’s Coffee are experts in coffee, and they’re excited to spread their knowledge. They teach, they share, and they make sure that the world of coffee is open to everyone. They’re not just selling coffee; they’re making friends, sharing stories, and building a community that loves coffee as much as they do.

Bridging Generations: What’s Brewing in the Age Gap Among Global Coffee Producers?

In the world of coffee production, a generational shift is brewing. Allied Coffee has observed a heartening trend: younger producers stepping up to join their elders, merging time-honored traditions with innovative practices. This is not just a change; it’s a renaissance of the coffee industry.

At the heart of this transformation are families like the Amharas in Brazil, where third-generation coffee producer Anderson Amhara is at the forefront. His family’s commitment to sustainable agriculture, including organic, shade-grown coffee, sets a precedent for others to follow. Their farm is a microcosm of this new era, complete with its own milling, exporting company, and even a coffee shop that reflects the family’s brand and ethos.

This pattern repeats across the globe. From the terraced farms of Panama…

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☕️ Introducing the French Press Championship ☕️

As one of the most popular brewing methods in the world, the French press is one of the most iconic and beloved ways to prepare coffee.

For the first time, PRF Guatemala will host the French Press Championship in partnership with coffee brewer and accessory company Bodum – who will provide the equipment for the competition.

The French Press Championship is another accessible brewing competition which aims to make competing more inclusive for all attendees. Once more, it allows coffee professionals and enthusiasts from across the supply chain to participate.

Rules & format

A total of 21 participants will take part in the French Press Championship. All competitors must have their own grinder and kettle, but will be provided with a Bodum French press, scales, a stirrer or spoon, a timer, and a cup.

The competition will take place over three stages, with prizes for the top three highest-scoring competitors. All French Press Championship participants will also receive a gift.

  • The first elimination stage will take place over seven rounds
    • During each round, three competitors will prepare coffee at the same time
      • Only ground coffee and water can be used (no additional ingredients are permitted)
      • If there is a specific competition coffee then only this coffee can be used
      • Competitors may use a maximum of 35g dose in their recipe
      • Competitors must prepare a minimum of 200ml of brewed coffee
    • All competitors have 15 minutes to grind, brew, and present their coffee
    • All coffees are then served to a panel of three judges in identical cups

Scoring

The judges will blindly evaluate each coffee and make a private assessment to decide on their favorite. At the count of three, all judges will simultaneously point to their preferred coffee.

The winner of each round then advances to semi-finals,…

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Bringing the Cold Brew Championship to Guatemala 🍹☕️

The first edition of the Cold Brew Championship was held at PRF Colombia in 2022, and the competition has grown ever since. On 7 & 8 March 2024, PRF Guatemala will host the fourth edition – with competitors going head-to-head to prepare two cold brew-based beverages for a panel of judges.

The winner of the first competition was Mauricio Romero from Colombia. In the edition held at PRF El Salvador, the winners were Juan Aristizabal from Colombia and Julia Dziadevych from Hungary. Finally, at the most recent championship held in Colombia, the winner was Jean Pierre Acero Cechetti of Fecve Lab from Venezuela.

The Cold Brew Championship will encourage coffee professionals to experiment with cold coffee beverages, and its designer drink round pushes competitors to innovate. 

Thanks to the format of the championship, it is also accessible and inclusive for attendees from all across the supply chain – not just experienced coffee competitors and baristas.

Toddy is the Official Cold Brew Sponsor for PRF Guatemala, and will supply the competition equipment.

Jean Pierre Acero Cechetti, the reigning Cold Brew Champion of the competition, explains how important this opportunity was for him: “I am very happy to represent my country, to use a Venezuelan coffee and to have won the competition with it. Thanks to PRF for giving me this award.”

The rules & format

Prior to PRF Guatemala, all successful Cold Brew Championship competitors must attend an orientation meeting via Zoom. This meeting will provide further explanations about the competition rules, space, and schedule, and will give participants the opportunity to ask any questions.

Presentations can be in either Spanish or English, with volunteer translators available to assist if necessary. It’s important to note, however, that no additional time will be given for translations.

Each competitor should be present and ready at least…

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🔥The Global Roasting Contest will return at PRF Guatemala 🔥

The first-ever Global Roasting Contest took place at PRF El Salvador in March 2023 – and featured an unprecedented collaborative judging format unlike any other coffee competition. 

The winner of the first competition was Shaun Aupiais of Red Band Academy from South Africa, and at PRF Colombia that same year, the title went to Alejandro Macias of Lusitania Coffee Co. from Colombia.

Unlike other roasting competitions, the Global Roasting Contest is designed to be inclusive and accessible for local attendees, as well as those who don’t always have the means to participate in other global competitions. There’s no need to buy an extremely expensive roaster to train on.

Ultimately, the Global Roasting Contest will once more highlight and celebrate the work of roasters from around the world at PRF Guatemala. Its low barriers to entry make competing more democratic, while its unique format mitigates judging fatigue and encourages all event attendees to take part.

The event will bring together coffee-roasting professionals from around the world to showcase their expertise and talent. The competition will take place on 7 and 8 March 2024, with all coffees roasted on day one and judged on day two.

The rules

On 6 March, there will be a preliminary round when competitors will be divided into pairs. Each pair has 45 minutes to test the competition machine and ask any technical questions. Additionally, each team will receive 150g of washed green coffee and 150g of natural or anaerobic processed green coffee. Competitors can take their roasted coffee samples with them.

On 7 March:

  • Each competitor receives 150g of washed green coffee and 150g of natural or anaerobic processed coffee (these will be the exact same coffees received on 6 March)
  • Every competitor has 35 minutes to prepare their station, roast one batch of…
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🎙️The Speakers LineUp is here! 🎙️

We’re thrilled to announce the first speakers who have confirmed their attendance at PRF Voices in Guatemala 2024.

The coffee industry’s largest producer-focused event is returning to Guatemala in Anacafé, on March 7 & 8, 2024. Our speakers are leading experts in their fields. 

Attendees will hear them discuss some of the most pressing issues and potential solutions, in the global coffee sector 

  • Albert Scalla (EE.UU) – Senior Vice President of Trading at StoneX Group
  • Ana Lucrecia Glaesel (Guatemala) – Marketing and Communications Manager of Guatemalan Coffees
  • Eduardo Choza (EE.UU) – Director of Coffee of Mayorga Coffee
  • Joaquim Rogerio (Brasil) – Trader América central of Pinhalense
  • Konstantinos Vallianos (Greece) – Head Green Coffee Buyer of Kafeaterra
  • Raúl Rodas (Guatemala) – CEO of Paradigma Coffee Roasters
  • Laura Holguin Sterling (Colombia) – Research Assistant of Cenicafé
  • Ashley Prentice (Guatemala) – Founder of Gento Coffee
  • Renaud Cuchet (Guatemala) – Managing Director of Efico Central America
  • James Harper and Jonathan Morris (Alemania & UK) – Producers of A History of Coffee podcast.
  • Cleia Junqueira (EAU) – General Manager of The Coffee Connoisseur Collective
  • Giselle Barrera (El Salvador) – Founder of Latinas in Coffee
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⏪ PRF Year-In-review is here! 🎆

We reflect on 2023 filled with shared successes, collaborative achievements, and the passion for the good of coffee that defines our international community. 🙌

1,000 scholarships offered

to small coffee producers*

  • Top countries: Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Perú
  • Male 61% – Female 39%
  • 60% of scholars under the age of 40 

*The producer scholarships were made possible through our partnership with our Diamond Sponsor Mayorga Coffee.

$22.5 million USD.

coffee trade in PRF

  • 120+ brands exhibited
  • Top categories: packaging, coffee shops, roasteries, entrepreneurships, exporters, professional machinery
  • 500+ green coffee buyers attended the event

90 international roasters and green coffee buyers

  • Visited 10 coffee farms 
  • Bought Bourbon, Castillo, Pacamara and Gesha
  • Bought washed, natural, honey and fermentation experiments

1,500+ Coffee Producers

attended PRF in 2023

  • Top Countries: Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras and Perú

6 Championships were held

between El Salvador and Colombia

  • Cold Brew Championship
  • Global Roasting Coffee Contest
  • Barista and Brewing Championships

340 volunteers

  • Top countries: Colombia, El Salvador and Honduras
  • 25+ countries

33 Cupping Sessions

generating sales and exporting coffee to places like Spain, Serbia, Canada and USA

89 International Speakers

were part of PRF Voices.

  • Top Countries: Colombia, El Salvador, USA and UK
  • Languages: Spanish – English
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🌟Happy Holidays – See you next year in Guatemala 🌟

As we wrap up another year filled with the rich aroma of freshly brewed moments, we find ourselves reflecting on the warmth and joy that our shared love for coffee has brought to our community. This holiday season, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, for being an essential part of our journey.

Passion is the heartbeat of our brand, and it’s the driving force that fuels every experience lived in each PRF event this 2023. The events at El Salvador and Colombia featured enlightening lectures, workshops, panels, cupping sessions, workshops and various relationship-building activities, we’ve created a community that goes beyond borders, connecting coffee professionals & enthusiasts, across the vibrant landscapes of Latin America.

In this season of giving, let us celebrate the trust that binds us, the passion that drives us, and the community that unites us. May your holiday season be a blend of cherished moments, surrounded by the comforting embrace of family, and friends.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with love, laughter, and the perfect cup of coffee sourced through PRF.

The Producer & Roaster Forum Team

You wish, we listen: Early Bird Prices!

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Want to source coffee from Guatemala?

Explore knowledge and business opportunities while immersing into the unique experience of sourcing green coffee at origin.

This exclusive journey is designed for roasters and green buyers, hosted by some of Guatemala’s top-ranked producers (Cup of Excellence and PCA One of A Kind Guatemala).

Stay on or near the coffee farm or mill for a firsthand exploration of every step of coffee production. Seize this one-of-a-kind opportunity to intimately understand the inner workings of the premier processing of top-notch coffee varieties.

What does it include?

  • Transport to the farm
  • Accommodations
  • Meals
  • Transport back to Guatemala City in time for PRF
  • 1 ticket
  • Full PRF access
  • Farm tours
  • Cuppings with producers
  • Wet mills & dry mills tours
  • Visit processing facilities
  • Roundtable discussions
  • Networking opportunities
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