Women are a major contributor to the specialty coffee industry, although they don’t get much credit or recognition. Women not only work in all the supply chains, from picking, land ownership and management, cooperative involvement and logistics, but they are also responsible for the family and household. Yet, women are still regarded as subservient in many coffee growing regions around the world. We have partnered with the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, IWCA, to source three amazing coffees from amazing women in Honduras. Their goal is to bring women to the table along side men as part of the conversation and decision making.
Iris Alvarado and Ana Alvarado are sisters and placed within the top five winners at the Capucas cupping competition we attended in March. Iris also works for the co-op and has been a panel speaker for international coffee leaders about sustainability and coffee. Norma Lara is an amazing coffee woman and we have purchased her coffee for the past five years. We are thrilled to offer it again.
We are proud to partner with two cooperatives that are doing life-changing work on the ground in their communities. Our relationship with Capucas and Cocafelol goes back 5 years, and we have witnessed the life-changing transformation coffee has brought to these communities. Food security, education, and medical clinics just scratch the surface of how these co-ops provide basic needs as well as pride and dignity to their members.
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Certified organic coffee is produced according to sustainable practices, without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or other harmful agrochemicals. In order for a coffee to be certified organic, the farm must undergo evaluation from an independent certifying agency. The U.S. has its own organic standards, requiring a roasting facility to be annually inspected and certified in order to be labeled ’organic.’
Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. We achieve our mission by certifying and promoting Fair Trade products.
A traditional farming method in which coffee trees are grown alongside other crops under a canopy of taller trees. The mixture of vegetation prevents erosion and protects the coffee from harsh weather. Shade grown farms also provide vital wildlife habitat.
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