About Our Coffee Growers
We partner with growers from around the globe to help provide the perfect cup of coffee. We believe in investing in everyone we have the pleasure of coming into contact with which is why our Fair Trade coffees are grown, harvested, and sold at internationally mandated prices that guarantee small farmers a viable living wage within the global marketplace.
You can learn a little bit about the origin of our coffees and the people that grow them in the section below. Our ambition as a company is to develop personal, impactful relationships with the growers in these regions and their families.
Huehuetenango is the highest and driest of the three non-volcanic coffee regions under cultivation. Thanks to the dry, hot winds that blow into the mountains from Mexico’s Tehauntepec plain, the region is protected from frost, allowing coffee (Highland Huehue) to be cultivated up to 6,500 feet (2,000 meters). The extreme remoteness of Huehuetenango requires all producers to process their own coffee. Fortunately, the region has an almost infinite number of rivers and streams, so a mill can be placed almost anywhere. Zaculeu, named after the pre-Colombian Mayan archeological site in Huehuetenango, is a blend of fine coffee sourced from a select group of small producers. This coffee is one of the most intensely flavored and fragrant coffees in all of Latin America.
This coffee is found in the following Numa roasts:GuatemalaEspressoHouse BlendFull Line Sample Box
Nicaragua (Olomega SHG EP) is sourced from family-owned farms organized around Asociación Aldea Global Jinotega (Aldea Global), an organization operating in the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua. Aldea Global has more than 1,000 members and 47 percent are women, the result of investing revenues in gender equality programs focused on healthcare and small business lending. Olomega coffee is produced by descendants of an indigenous group called the Chorotegas who live in the village of Olomega.
This coffee is found in the following Numa roasts:NicaraguaBreakfast BlendFull Line Sample Box
APROCASSI, a cooperative of smallholder coffee farmers, is located in San Ignacio, within the department of Cajamarca. APROCASSI exclusively commercializes coffee on behalf of more than 400 associated farmers, giving residents an alternative to employment in the mining industry. Founded in 2000, the cooperative’s main task is to increase the well-being of its members by selling their coffee in the national and export markets at fair prices. The Fair Trade premiums have been reinvested into APROCASSI’s member farmers in the following ways:
- Harvest and post-harvest training on soil rehabilitation, organic production, etc.
- Equipment purchases & environmental stewardship
- Member home improvements
- Education programs covering topics such as nutrition and sanitation are provided to members
- Financing a school that provides members the opportunity to study finance and management
This coffee is found in the following Numa roasts:PeruFrench RoastBreakfast BlendFull Line Sample Box
The Permata Gayo cooperative sources its coffees in the Aceh Region. The Coop was founded in 2006 by a group of 50 farmers from 5 different villages in the Benner Meriah district. Today their coffee is cultivated in 37 affiliated villages in and around this district by over 2,100 members. Members process and market over 60% of their products through their own processing facilities and export arm while selling the remaining volumes to other exporters. The majority of the members of the cooperative are smallholder farmers, whose plot sizes don’t exceed 2-5 hectares of land. The production process followed on the farm is fully organic with no application of chemical herbicides or pesticides. They only apply compost to guarantee soil fertility from year to year through the use of livestock manure, green waste, and red cherry skin. Permata Gayo’s coffee is processed at their facilities in the Takengon area (in the mountains). Once the coffee is at 13% moisture it is trucked to their Medan warehouse where it is dried to 12%, then graded and loaded in containers. Permata Gayo’s coffee remains traceable to the village it came from throughout this process.
This coffee is found in the following Numa roasts:SumatraHouse BlendVienneseMountain MedleyEspressoDecaf SumatraDecaf French RoastFull Line Sample Box