Our Roots are Latin American
We are a company with deep roots in Latin America. We source high quality green in 8 countries throughout Latin America, from Mexico to Bolivia. We have our own export operations in 4 countries, and work very closely with export partners in another 4 countries.
Bolivia is one of the most fascinating coffee origins in Latin America, as well as one of the most challenging. With plenty of organic certified coffees and still lots of Typica trees. We have been working in Bolivia since 2011, partnering with a couple of specialty coffee exporters based in Caranavi.
Colombia is the largest producer of washed Arabica coffee. With over half a million coffee producers, averaging less than 2 hectares of land, 18 coffee growing departments and harvesting coffee year-round, the diversity of profiles is endless.
Colombia was the first country were we implemented our business model back in 2002, with the foundation of our first export company, Virmax Colombia S.A.S. Today we have 25 purchasing warehouses spread in 7 departments: Boyacá, Cauca, Cundinamarca, Huila, Nariño, Santander and Tolima. Each one these warehouses have a full cupping lab where we analyse the coffee delivered by the almost 2,500 coffee producers with whom we work. Additionally we have a team of 15 Educators who are responsible for teaching our producers best farming and production practices.
All our coffee is dry milled, sorted and packaged at Trilladora de Cafe La Primavera, our own dry mill which is conveniently located in Armenia (Quindío).
Ecuador is perhaps one of the lesser known coffee origins in South America, with an annual production of less than 100 thousand bags of Arabica coffee. Most of the coffee is produced in the Provinces of Pichincha (North of Quito), Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe (these last two located in South of the country, on the border with Peru). With plenty of high-grown coffee and still lots of Typica trees, it is an origin that has great potential to produce amazing quality coffee.
We started working in Ecuador in 2007, sourcing coffee from hundreds of small organic producers in Loja and Zamora-Chinchipe. The last few years volumes have been very low as the country has faced a coffee leaf rust epidemic.
In 2014 we founded EcuaVirmax S.A., an Ecuadorean based company that will be in charge of our coffee sourcing, milling and export of Ecuadorean high quality coffees.
We started sourcing coffee from El Salvador in 2011 and in 2012 founded Virmax Mesoamerica S.A. de C.V., our first export company outside of Colombia.
We have a dry mill, warehouse and cupping lab in Metapan, plus another cupping lab in Chalatenango, both on the Northeastern part of the country. We mainly work with small and medium sized producers in Metapan and Chalatenango, as well as other producers in Ahuachapan, Santa Ana and San Salvador.
Guatemala is the second largest coffee producing country in Central America, producing over 3 million bags of coffee a year. With a diverse array of origins,
We currently work directly with coffee growers in Esquipulas and Huehuetenango, who export their coffee directly to us.
Honduras is the country that has grown the most in production in the last 10 years.
We have been working in partnership with Beneficio Santa Rosa (BSR) in Santa Rosa de Copan since 2011.
Mexico is the latest origin we have ventured in. Currently we're working with an organic certified farm located near Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.
We have been sourcing Nicaraguan coffee since 2012 and in late 2013 founded Virmax Nicaragua S.A. We have a drying facility in Ocotal and a dry mill in San Fernando.