Source plus program

Repeat relationships and more than fair prices are givens with all of our coffees, but our goal with this program is to contribute back extra to producers or groups who are stuck in extraordinary circumstances. Normally we do this with specific coffees, and allocate a $/lb sold as a kick back.

So far, projects we’re committed to:

Mataquescuintla and the Escobal mine, Guatemala

To elaborate…

There is still a large gap and disconnect between coffee consumers, roasters, importers, and of course producers. We see the next step in pushing the specialty coffee industry forward is a deeper level in roaster and producer relationships.

You see it with food, and even wine – an overall awareness for being conscious in what you consume by voting with your dollars, supporting your local economy, but coffee still has a ways to go. The majority of coffee is still traded and purchased through the C, futures (something to google – the coffee ‘C’ for most is a price for coffee on the global scale, it is now outdated but still abused by buyers to get away with paying producers abysmally low prices for their livelihood). The end goal is to ultimately pay producers soley based on the quality of coffee, and not paying a premium in addition to the C.

It’s simple to find and roast coffee, there are plenty of coffee sellers and intermediaries who have laundry lists of coffee available. Roasters have very very easy access, but they may lack the transparency in regards to dollars, and who’s getting their fair share. The people impacted the worst, especially with cheap coffees are the ones on the ground, producers, and the communities they’re apart of. Those $1 or $2 cups of coffee most definitely come at someones expense, undoubtedly.