We sourced this amazing coffee from the Santa Rita Estate through Ally. We were able to ask the owners, Dania and Desiree a few questions, and loved what these amazing women had to say.
1. What are you most proud of on your farm?
We’re very proud of the concepts we’re continuously developing to be sustainable socially, environmentally and economically. We both share a long coffee tradition as fourth generation coffee growers caring and loving our coffee farm, Santa Rita, we’re very enthusiastic to pass this love, respect and knowledge of coffee to our future generations. In our farm we’re very proud of our continuous efforts to constantly improved our processes to guarantee our roasters of an extraordinary cup profile.
2. Do you run a farm and business differently than men? If so, what makes you different?
We’re one of the few premium coffee certified women run estate farm in Nicaragua. This has been a journey of 20 years when we embarked in starting Santa Rita from zero selecting the land with the altitude, soil, water and climate to produce an extraordinary cup. As women we had to overcome many obstacles from men accepting us as bosses to being pioneers in starting projects like water harvesting, supporting to established a biological corridor, being the only farm willing to donate water to our neighboring community, taking care of wild life especially the almost extinct specie of sloth, supporting two schools and donating resources to build a health center. We feel very connected with our coffee trees from the moment they’re born. We’ve named every plantation at Santa Rita. We’re very engage with our field workers and their families making sure we provide a great working environment with emphasis in our values of teamwork, proactive and equal opportunities to our women. In our farm we promote hiring women at all levels from the field workers, cherry pickers, dry milled to key executive positions.
3. We bought one of your washed coffees, which is really nice. Where do you see your business growing?
In order to be sustainable we need to sell 40% of our annual coffee production to roasters in the premium market like yourselves. Our goal is to build very close relationships with our roasters for you to have full traceability and totally transparent information of the journey of your coffee beans. We want for our roasters to be our partners in making our dream of becoming sustainable a reality. By working together is the only way we can have a future for us to continue to produce an exceptional and consistent coffee quality and for you to be able to source it every year. We need to build a very strong bridge from our beans to your cup.
4. If you could stand in front of our customers and sell your coffee to them, what would you say?
We’re very grateful you’re enjoying our remarkable coffee…it has taking a lot of effort for every bean in your cup to be exceptional …this is a hand crafted natural product…the journey has been amazing …let me share some highlights …as a baby seed it took me 3 years to become an adult to harvest my first cherries ..then I was hand picked at the prime of my ripening and started a process of wet milking with fresh clean mountain water ..then I was sun fried for ten days….rested for 30 days in dry parchment to be hulled and packed to make a trip by boat in the ocean to be roasted and make it to your cup…just close your eyes and enjoyed my aroma and delightful taste!!! I’m unique…. one of a kind ….take your time to fully enjoyed ME!!.
About Our Coffee
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.