Meet our allies at origin:
Bean Voyage (Costa Rica)
Bean Voyage provides access to education, training, and resources, and meaningful connections in the marketplace for smallholder women producers through their Care Trade Model. They make great strides toward gender equality with its committed efforts to empower women coffee farmers through expansive training, network market connections and constant engagement. The commitment and passion of this organization can be proven by the results of their comprehensive reports. Here are some key takeaways from their 2019 report:
- 300% increase in income received per kg of coffee for smallholder women
- 47 smallholder women producer trained
- 857% increase in online sales of coffee (between 2017-2018)
Working with Bean Voyage, we are confident that the smallholder women farmers are getting their fair share. Thanks to training and support from Bean Voyage, these women farmers are able to improve their livelihoods and share their gains with their communities.
Santa Felisa (Guatemala)
Run by Anabella Meneses, Santa Felisa coffee farm since 1904 is not only dedicated to producing outstanding coffee, but also with helping the environment and offering fairness and support to the farmers and workers on the farm. Santa Felisa’s slow-dried natural Pacamara won first place in the 2017 Guatemala Cup of Excellence. Anabella says that the secret behind the farm’s success is love. Her heart and soul are poured in every aspect of her work. She knows well that it’s not only coffee that makes a cup great but also the hard work everyone involved puts into it. From farmers, roasters, the logistics team, to the buyers, Anabella makes sure that every relationship and transaction is built on the core values of Santa Felisa: integrity, quality, loyalty, and justice.
Santa Felisa runs its own NGO called Las Nubes, which promotes the advancement of social programs to help local working mothers and their children. Las Nubes supports elementary education and daycare services for children of coffee farmers in the community.
With Santa Felisa, our work is not only limited to sourcing from this exceptional and socially-conscious smallholder women-led farm, but also a [%] of sales for each bag from Santa Felisa goes to NGO Las Nubes.
Cafe Lumbus (Colombia)
Not only are the farms' identities are females, but 70% of our team in the cacao project is also female and they are mainly single mothers and breadwinners. The head office team is at least 50% female. Cafe Lumbus’ first farm La Gabriela was given to the current owner Catalina’s grandmother Gabriela by her great-grandfather when she got married, she gave birth to her 11 children on the same farm. She was the pillar of the family and still is their inspiration and hero. In fact, Catalina learned how to ride horses and fall off horses in that very same farm. Cafe Lumbus is committed to cultivating coffee in a sustainable way of life.
Women Producer Program (____)
The Sloth Institute
From our first visit to a coffee farm in Costa Rica, we have not been able to get the imagery of the sloth out of our heads. Watching them droop down from the surrounding trees was cinematic and unforgettable. We've been privileged to have the chance to speak with Toucan Rescue Ranch and The Sloth Institute of Costa Rica to learn more about the lovely animals themselves and their rehabilitation work.
Toucan Rescue Ranch and The Sloth Institute work to provide the care and education that helps these sloths learn and grow to be released back into the wild. Many of the sloths who come into the care of both organizations have lost their mothers—effectively stunting their ability to learn how to survive in the ever-changing canopy. Sloths often live in solitude as adults, so the mother-child relationship is the only one they have, even if for a short time. We know how important the mother-daughter relationship is to us. We can barely imagine how significant it is when you're a sloth! The Toucan Rescue Ranch works to rescue, rehabilitate, and release while The Sloth Institute conducts research, education, and conservation all for the improvement of sloth welfare. Please visit their websites to learn more about their work.
Through our partnership with The Sloth Institute, [x%] of the profits made from our [coffee TBD] will be donated to help with tracking and caring for the 20 sloths as well as their added pressures of COVID-19. We have also symbolically adopted two sloth/s through Toucan Rescue Ranch! Meet Amalur and Uno. These adorable baby sloths will be featured periodically throughout the year as we update you all on their rehabilitation and eventual release.
We don't want to stop at the direct level of impact. As a coffee roaster, we have the responsibility to be mindful of where we source our coffees, including making note of the environmental impact of the farms and producers we work with. Understanding the dangers sloths face in terms of deforestation and the consequences of urbanization in the country, we work with small coffee farms who work with the environment—not to dominate it.