Our coffee beans are predominately sourced from women-owned or women-managed farms.
GROWER: Maria Veronica
REGION: Norte Pioneiro, Paraná, Brazil
Brazil Norte Pioneiro Maria Veronica Yellow Catuai Honey is sourced from Maria Veronica who owns her own farm and works with Mulheres do Café Matão. Mulheres do Café Matão is an association of 25 women. The group was formed 2013 and in the following years several women began to win regional competitions. The recognition has motivated the group of women to focus on quality and innovation. Maria’s honey processed coffee is an example of precisely executed methods of drying coffee while the mucilage remains attached to the bean.
GROWER: Cooperative Nahualá
REGION: Sololá, Guatemala
Cooperative Nahualá works to promote gender equality through training and overall inclusion of their women members. This coffee is grown on the steep mountainous slopes in one of Central America’s most lively volcanic areas. To promote a healthy symbiotic relationship with the natural environment, the Cooperative has been producing certified organic coffee for over 10 years.
GROWER: María Esperanza Dominguez
REGION: El Cerron, Marcala, La Paz, Honduras
RAOS, María Esperanza has reconfigured her micro-mill to ecologically fun with very little water by using a demucilager, which controls the amount of mucilage that remains on the coffee bean after depulping without fermenting or washing the coffee. She has perfected the Yellow Honey process, in which the demucilager mechanically strips most of the mucilage from the bean. The coffee is then placed directly on raised beds to dry with a light layer of mucilage still attached to the bean.
This process has enabled María Esperanza to market her coffee as a micro-lot through RAOS. in the last few years, RAOS has invested significantly to improve its dry mill installation. The facility has 2 electric eyes running in series to color sort green coffee before export. RAOS also continues to employ women to hand sort micro-lots as the final step in preparing a coffee for export.
GROWER: Cesmach Co-Op el Triunfo Bisophere Reserve
REGION: Sierra Madre, Chiapas
Fair Trade. Cafe Femenino. Female smallholder-members of the grower organization CESMACH make up this lot. CESMACH is dedicated to helping small producers to optimize their market power, which includes helping women growers collaborate on projects to increase their visibility and marketability. The organization also analyzes its members responsibility to the environment and the community, and bands together to increase the collective quality of life for the locals.
GROWER: Cantuta Women’s Coffee Peru
REGION: Rodríguez de Mendoza, Amazonas, Peru
Cantuta Peru Women’s Coffee encompasses 232 small women coffee farmers from the Valle Verde and Flor del Café farmer associations located in Rodríguez de Mendoza, Peru. Small farmers are defined as having less than 3 hectares (about 7.4 acres).
Principles of the Cantuta Women’s Coffee Project:
Gender equity in the community of Rodríguez de Mendoza, Peru.
Women’s empowerment and promoting women in leadership roles in the community.
Financial literacy and access to capital.
Technical assistance and training to help improve productivity and yields.
Next generation coffee.
GROWER: Ketiara Cooperative
REGION: Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia
This coffee is produced on family-owned farms organized around the Ketiara Cooperative. A high percentage of farmers are widows who lost their husbands during periods of conflict in Aceh. These families are also in the process of rebuilding after an earthquake in 2013. A women’s organization was recently formed to address the needs of the community, which includes plans to build a health center in the community.