How do you source your coffees?
We are 2-3 times per year in Guatemala to source new coffees. We are visiting the farms, check the social and environmental standards and cup the coffees. When we already established a buying relationship, we also support the producer to seperate lots or try new post-harvest processes. We also try to connect producers with our clients in order to improve the next harvest. After the checking on the farms, we cup again and prepare samples with two Q-Grader from our Export-Partner Dinamíca. We try several roast profiles and score every coffee. Together we than decide which coffees we would like to present to our clients.
Which role does your export partner play in your business?
Dinamíca International Crops is our export partner in Guatemala. The team is highly qualified in all export matters and the facility of Dinamíca has very professional laboratories for cuppings.
Do you offer any certified coffees?
We like to follow the approach of direct trade. Since we are at home in Latinamerica and in Europe, we see ourselves as ambassadors between the cultures. We are in constant exchange with our producers and our roasteries. We explore and sign new exciting farms, we work hard on improving their documentation of what they do, so you can get the perfect picture of your new products. We constantly check the quality of the goods from the samples we send to you up to the moment where everything arrives in Europe. In this way, we take care of the quality standards on the farms constantly. We are also right now in the process to be able to bring some organic certified coffees by the end of 2018. Stay tuned.
I think your coffees are expensive - could you explain your prices?
Indeed, we don’t offer “cheap” coffee. We are proud to offer high quality commercial and speciality coffee. And we believe, that this quality comes with a fair price for the producer. We pay high-above-average prices in order to support a sustainable income and encourage producers to spend more into quality increasing activities (social and environmental). And we believe in buying speciality coffees and high commercial coffees from our producers, in order to be able to guarantee a longterm income for the whole farm.
Why did you start your coffee business?
That’s a very nice story, we will tell you while sharing a very good cup of coffee together 🙂