We believe in sustainability. We roast only 100% organically certified, non-GMO coffees from Central and South America, Asia and Africa. We strive to purchase only shade grown coffees as this is the most sustainable method of coffee production. We prefer to purchase only Fair Trade Certified Coffees. Our farmer partners must be committed to preserving their culture and bettering the lives of their farmer members.
Our coffee beans from Chiapas, Mexico come from an organic co-operative formed over 20 years ago by 5 tribes of indigenous Mayan Indians concerned about soil degradation, contamination and erosion. In the 20 years since organic certification, these farmers have accomplished much for their people. They have built a hospital, a school and a state-of-the art milling facility to process their coffees. They created a women's center and formed a lending institution to help their entrepreneurs start-up. They've stemmed the flow of their young people migrating from their small town to the bigger cities looking for employment. The members of this co-op earn three times what other coffee farmers earn.
Our Ethiopian coffee beans are also special. Amaro Gayo is grown under the strict supervision of Asnakech Thomas, Ethiopia's only female coffee miller/exporter. Ms. Thomas returned to her native homeland with the single goal of improving coffee quality at her mill and within the community at large. Producing ecological coffee, giving jobs mainly to women and informing traditional communities about HIV and AIDS – her coffee conquers slowly the European and North American market... and she gives courage to women in Africa.