From Vanessa; “My father recently passed away, so now my mom and I have a much bigger responsibility for the finca than we had before. We run a little grocery shop where my mom sells basic goods like water, toilet paper and rice, but she often closes the shop for a few hours to work on the finca. We also sometimes hire help, when it’s too much for the two of us, especially during the harvest. When I was a girl, I always spent my weekends on the farm during harvest season, mostly because there was nothing I liked more than picking those shiny red beans as fast as I could. My mom always laughed when she noticed my zeal and enthusiasm, but when she was little, she did the same”
Vanessa and her mom - Irma - have been through a very rough period after their father and husband passed away. But they were resilient and never gave up. Now, they see a better future again, thanks to their hard work and their high quality beans. In February 2023, we were lucky enough to meet both Vanessa and Irma. Their strength and resilience after what they had recently been through was unsurpassed. Their determination to provide a better future for their family was so apparent, and the warmth they exuded whilst doing so, was incredibly inspiring.
In October 2019, Vanessa participated in a CAFESMO workshop to learn how to prepare coffee for micro-lots. Now that her father is no longer able to transmit his knowledge, she is looking for other ways to deepen her understanding and expertise.
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Cheek to Cheek
To give back to the producers in exchange for everything they give, above and beyond the beans themselves, we run the Cheek to Cheek initiative, putting 10% of the sale price of all our retail coffees back into their pockets. They are part of our team, part of the rebellion.