Posts tagged: cooperatives

Cooperative Coffees Allocates $130K for Immediate COVID Relief for Coffee Farmers

Cooperative Coffees Allocates $130K for Immediate COVID Relief for Coffee Farmers

Photo: Partner farmers at the Pangoa Cooperative in Satipo, Peru Higher Grounds is a proud member-owner of Cooperative Coffees, the world's only fair trade, organic coffee importing cooperative. We buy our coffee through Cooperative Coffees because we believe in the power of cooperation and long-term relationships.  For every pound of coffee we...

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Farmer Feature: Eraldo Garcia of COMSA

Farmer Feature: Eraldo Garcia of COMSA
For the past few years, we've sourced a handful of single-farmer lots from within the COMSA cooperative in Marcala, Honduras. COMSA also provides the coffee we use in our Funky Mamacita blend, French roast, and Gran's Blend. Currently we have four outstanding COMSA microlots rounding out our Apex Series, including a natural-process coffee from Eraldo Garcia, manager of quality control at COMSA's wet mill in Marcala.

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Sustainability, Part 3: Let's Put People First

Sustainability, Part 3: Let's Put People First

A circular economic model is the vehicle required for change within the specialty coffee industry. When we operate along a continuous circle across our supply chain, we can build wealth and expertise alongside coffee farmers, rather than in spite of them.

Current leading trends in specialty coffee primarily tie company resources to increasing coffee farm production and quality through capacity building and agricultural inputs. While production and quality investments at coffee origin are necessary components to any "sustainable" trading model in the coffee industry, increasing agricultural support (under the guise of combating climate change) fall grossly short from anything even close to what our coffee-growing friends would call "sustainable."  

 

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