MEET OUR FARMERS
We believe that a truly special cup of coffee begins with the farmers. Estas Manos, Spanish for “these hands”, represents our goal to share the stories of the farmers behind every cup of coffee. Without these skilled hands bringing exceptional coffee every season, we wouldn’t have the honestly sourced coffee we bring to you. These farmers represent families who want to build a sustainable livelihood and need additional training and support to improve their crops.
Café de Mujeres Santo Domingo
Café de Mujeres Santo Domingo is a women-owned co-op in La Libertad, Huehuetenango, Guatemala. These enterprising and ambitious women grow fair-trade and organic coffee and have overcome societal pressures and a challenging start to grow some of the best coffee available in Guatemala. They are a part of Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala (FECCEG), which was founded in 2006 in an effort to improve market conditions for its members and support coffee exporting in order to achieve more direct and transparent trade. As a member, Café de Mujeres Santo Domingo has improved their growing techniques, as well as preserving the growing environment. The women of Café de Mujeres Santo Domingo also sell their own fertilizer and have opened a bakery to further support their families. We’re proud to partner with a co-op like theirs to improve the living conditions of many families in Guatemala.
Located in Ethiopia, Wottona Bultama is a Rainforest Alliance farm that has earned international acclaim in recent years. This co-op’s fair-trade and organic growing and processing take longer than other farms, but the results are clear. Wottona Bultama trains their farmers to harvest only the ripest coffee cherries, and when paired with careful processing, produces coffee that outperforms on market. They are overcoming a difficult growing season, which is one of the reasons we chose their coffee. By working with Wottona Bultama farmers, we can support their growth while roasting superior coffee. Wottona Bultama is further equipping their farmers with increased education and higher efficiency to improve every step of the growing and harvesting process. We’re confident that their emphasis on education and quality will help them excel.
We source our organic cascara from Las Lajas, located in Sabanilla, Alajuela, Costa Rica. Owned by third-generation coffee farmers, their unique growing process allows them to grow several distinct varieties in 94 hectares of land. After the tragic loss of their father from a pesticide-related illness, owners Oscar and Francisca transitioned to a fully organic farm. Las Lajas was one of the first farms to complete this transition, and remains one of the only certified-organic farms in Costa Rica. Las Lajas has also developed their hybrid mixed processing, combining wet and dry methods to create a new flavor profile. We’re honored to partner with them to create a better coffee environment in South America by carrying their coffee beans.
Cooperativa Cafetalera Sanmarqueña Ltd., or Cocosam, is a fair-trade and organic farm in the historical center of Honduran coffee production. This co-op was founded in 1988 by 16 coffee producers, and are now leading the industry in innovative practices to support their farmers. Like many co-ops, Cocasam invests in community projects like providing potable water and improving schools and roads to help the area flourish. They are managed by a board of five elected trustees and a three-person oversight committee to ensure their standards are kept and every member is treated fairly. Cocosam is located in a beautiful microclimate ideal for growing coffee. As they are located in and around a protected forest region, they are unable to expand their landholdings. Instead, they work to improve the yield, quality, or both throughout the season.
Finca El Oasis
Finca El Oasis is owned by Luz Mill González deep in the mountains of Columbia where she lives with her three children. Together, they manage the coffee farming as well as chickens, plantains, and other crops they use in their home. This area is known as a stronghold for FARC and other insurgent and drug trafficking groups. Through specialty coffee farms like Luz’s, though, the area is experiencing an economic stimulus. We’re proud to partner with her to help create a better future for her family and her community. Every cup and bag of coffee directly supports these farmers, and we can’t wait for you to discover these farmers’ passion through a truly special cup of coffee.