Introducing our Women Coffee Producers box, this set features women coffee producers from Hawai’i Island and Latin America. The choice is yours: Hawai’i Island, Latin America, or The Whole Lot??
The Hawai’i Island and Latin America boxes include 10-ounce bags of each of the listed coffees (2 coffees total)
The Whole Lot includes 4-ounce bags of all of the women-produced coffees we have (4 coffees total).
Each box comes with a set of tasting cards for each coffee included
Pacific Coffee Research is a women-owned and led business, we also happen to work with some amazing women coffee producers who make fantastic coffees in Hawai’i. In looking at international coffees for purchase, we consider many variables including: is the price fair? who are the producers? We’ll be honest and tell you that we definitely have an affinity for women producers and women-led producing organizations. This means that most of our imported coffees are grown by women producers.
Now, let’s tell you about these coffees…
Aloha Star Farm is a family operation and we’d like to highlight Karina here: the heart of this family farm. We’ve known Karina and her husband, Armando, for about three years. When Armando wanted to purchase a coffee farm in 2004, Karina was all in and bears her fair share of the workload. Karina harvests, processes, and sorts the coffee. She also is the one behind their instagram presence and handles most of our green coffee purchases from their farm. Since 2018, this coffee has been recognized as one of Kona’s best, earning a place in the top 10 coffees at the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival Cupping Competition. We really love this coffee and Karina.
Our relationship with Alla at Ka’ū Mountain Farm started before she and her partner, Rus, ever worked on this farm. In fact, we all knew each other before Pacific Coffee Research existed! We worked with each other as we all had jobs at different companies in the local coffee industry. We didn’t get to know each other all that well, though, until PCR was born and Alla & Rus took over management of Ka’ū Mountain Farm. We’ve now worked together in various ways, we purchase coffee from Alla, Alla has volunteered to help us run cupping competitions and other events, we’ve danced at SCA Expo parties together, and we’ve really come to appreciate Alla in such a special way. It’s a huge plus that the coffees she produces are delicious.
When it comes to our international coffees, we haven’t had the opportunity to establish the same relationships with these producers as we are able to with Hawai’i coffee producers. This comes down to accessibility, but we hope to build better relationships over the years with international coffee producers who we purchase from as our business grows. Pacific Coffee Research pays more than twice the current C-Market price ($1.25/lb at the time of posting) for each of these coffees and has been a repeat buyer of them with the goal of continuously supporting these producer groups.
Looking to AMACA (Asociación de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca) in El Tambo, Cauca, Colombia – we’ve purchased this coffee twice in the last year for a few reasons. One is the quality; this coffee boasts notes of juicy grapefruit, milk chocolate, toffee, sweet cream, and crisp green apple. Another is the fact that this is a women’s coffee producer association that has grown from 80 members at its founding in 1999 to 140 members today. Our purchase of this coffee means the producers receive a premium as they work toward their goal “to improve the quality of life for their members and their members’ families.” These women are the heads of household in their families and we admire their hard work and leadership.
The women-produced coffee we purchase from Guatemala comes from ASPROCDEGUA (Asociación de Café Diferenciados y Especiales de Guatemala) in Huehuetenango. This producers organization was founded by a master cupper named Noe Quintero and has 664 contributing members – not all of whom are women. The women’s association is not a formal sub-co-op, but the premium earned for their Women Coffee Producers lots goes toward organic fertilizer distribution to the women farmers among other benefits. This year, the premium was used to purchase dairy cows for the women producers, which were distributed to both augment household nutrition and to provide better access to organic matter for organic compost.