WE BELIEVE IN FAIR TRADE
We are very excited to have a Direct Trade relationship with the coffee farmers of Yepocapa, Guatemala. This is our third year working with the 120-plus members of the San Padrana CO-OP. After an amazing visit in 2018 and realizing what an enormous positive impact our purchases mean to the farmers of Yepocapa and the entire community, we have again committed to buying 45,000 lbs. from the 2019 harvest. These farmers work extremely hard for 6 days per week all year long and earn less than $4 per day. By paying an additional $1.37 (per pound that we sell) above what they would receive from their current exporter, we with the help of our customers are making an enormous impact on the lives of our farmers and the community of Yepocapa.
During our 2018 trip there, we walked the land with several farmers and discussed many issues important to all of us. They expressed many times how our relationship gives them hope for the future. With the opportunity to make a better living, they hope their children will be attracted to coffee farming and continue in their footsteps. We tried to impress upon them how much we appreciated their efforts and how we will continue to pay them fairly for their fabulous coffee. It was a moving experience for everyone.
Finca San Jose is a story of immigrants from Antioquia, hard working people and with a great love for family and work in the field. The story begins with immigrants from Jardin Antioquia area who came to Belen de Umbria in 1934. Belen de Umbria belongs to Risaralda in Columbia located in the Western Cordillera and is one of the 14 Municipalities, its economy is based on agriculture and coffee is the main source of income. Belumbrense's land located in a small town with very fertile soils and optimal climate for the coffee industry. There Mr. Gilberto and Mrs. Fabiola began San Jose history with the purchase of a small piece of land. Over the years, thanks to an innate ability trader, possibly inherited from the roots of Antioquia, Mr Gilberto begins consolidating what is now Finca San Jose through buying small neighboring farms.