Meet our farmers
Farmers bring their knowledge, skill, and hard work to make your coffee delicious—passed down through generations, and adapting to modern times. Our featured coffees rotate as they are available. Here you’ll find details on all our beloved farmers, producers, and coffee workers.
Association of women Coffee Growers
AMUCC's Colombian coffee comes from an association of women in the Cauca region of Colombia, the Association of women Coffee Growers of Cauca. In early the 2000s, they joined together and initiated a partnership with a Spanish coffee roaster, Supracafe, to establish and promote their coffee association. Their coffee is of the highest quality, due greatly to the high altitude, humidity and volcanic soil of their area - earning them fair trade and organic certifications at the source. This location was also a battlefield not too long ago, between the FARC, the ELN, and the EPL, leaving many of the women widows.
Martha & Forest Coffee
Martha started to cultivate coffee among her avocado to try and diversify her crop. To try and gain better payment for her high-quality coffee, she started her own export/import company that allows her to work directly with coffee roasters. Her son's have joined the family business, expanding their processing and helped bridge partnerships with other farms in Colombia. Now Forest Coffee offers quality coffees that helps gain better incomes for their partner farmers, and elevates the coffee practices in Colombia.
Photo courtesy of Forest Coffee
DEMOCRATIC REpublic of Congo
Mapendo Woman's group
This coffee is from the Mapendo women's group working with Mighty Peace Coffee. Charlotte is one of the farmers in this group. Mighty Peace is proud to represent the highest quality of coffee from the Democratic Republic of Congro, sourced from cooperatives using ethical and sustainable practices. They are also passionate about promoting peace as Congo has experienced much conflict in history. The tradition of harvesting coffee there is longstanding, and they hope to spread the word.
Photo courtesy of Mighty Peace Coffee
Hirut and Mahder Birhanu run thier farm as well as the washing station, named Dumerso, in the Yirgacheffe district of Ethiopia. Their washing station has been servicing the area of coffee growers for the past 12 years, and they employ 14 year-round workers, and more than 400 during the harvest season. This region depends on 90% of their economic livelyhood from coffee production. This sister team have been working directly with Catalyst-Trade, an importer promoting and celebrating Ethiopian coffee, for many years and have grown to produce many different and innovative processes for great coffee offerings.
Photo courtesy of Catalyst Trade
In the highlands of the Mataquescuintla in Guatemala, Doña Lilly and her family run Finca Santa Marta, an agro-ecological coffee farm. A childhood dream, her husband wanted to return to Guatemala to start a coffee farm, so Lilly and the family went all on. They not only run the farm, but they also export and import to the US themselves. Their kids, are also involved in the farm, growing their love for coffee, while many coffee farming kids are not taking on the family business.
In addition to running a coffee farm, they also started a non-profit in Guatemala to help local kids gain access to dental care. Learn more here!
Rosalba & Bella Vista Women's Co-op
Bella Vista is a women’s co-op of 168 family-owned farms in Chiapas, Mexico. Rosalba Cifuentes Tovia is the woman behind the efforts, ensuring the group receives higher prices for their coffee, and guaranteeing traceability by importing directly to the Bay Area. Check out an interview with Rosalba, and visit the women’s co-op website: Mayan Harvest Coffee.
Photo courtesy of Mayan Harvest
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