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In 2000, we began the quest to source outstanding Latin American coffee from small farmers, determined to reward passion and recognize excellence. We soon learned that to accomplish this, we needed to be present, focusing on the people that make great coffee happen – coffee producers and roasters – while demonstrating a tireless commitment to quality and transparency at every level, from farm to cup. 

We have grown and evolved since then, and despite the challenges we’ve faced, one constant has been a commitment to our purpose: to make coffee better, for everyone involved. 

As we observe our 20th anniversary, we look forward to celebrating great coffee for many more years whilst making a profound impact in the coffee world, together with our partners at origin and destination. 

Every day, throughout Latin America we receive coffee from our network of over 4,000 farmer partners. We analyse the physical quality and if it meets the standard, we cup it. The lots are then categorised according to cup quality, with a corresponding price associated with each category – the better the quality, the higher the price paid. Farmers receive feedback on the cup score and how it affects the buying price, so that they can go back to their farms and continuously improve.

Once assessed, the small lots are sorted into quality grades depending on their cup score, profile and region, and are then assembled into larger lots which we call sets.  Where a lot scores over 86 points, it is separated and kept as a microlot, not only rewarding the producer with a much higher price, but also with personal recognition, establishing his/her name amongst coffee consumers around the world.

This detailed process has enabled us to create our own brands; community lots (or colectivos) assembled with coffee from a specific area with a compelling and unique story. Most importantly, the model enables us to deliver consistently tasting great coffee which roasters can repeatedly buy, while adhering to a particular budget, quality level and taste profile.

 

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PERCENT PREMIUM PAID TO PRODUCER ON TOP OF THE MARKET PRICE.”

ML/X-Grade

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ML/X-Grade

The epitome of craftsmanship, small single farmer day-lots of the highest quality, proudly sold by the producer's name.

AAA

Dynamic coffees, with lots of acidity and complexity, ideal for highlighting the best profile of an origin

AA

The "perfect" single origin; a coffee that showcases the terroir of every microregion without breaking the budget. Very clean, balanced, with good complexity, acidity and character

A

Versatility is its best description: suitable for blending or as a single-origin espresso. Clean, mild complexity and sweetness, and very consistent from batch-to-batch. 15-25% above market

RTB (Ready-to-blend)

A consistent coffee designed to act as a perfect blend component Clean, sweet but simple.

ML 

The epitome of craftsmanship, small single farmer day-lots of the highest quality, proudly sold by the producer’s name.

AAA

 Dynamic coffees, with lots of acidity and complexity, ideal for highlighting the best profile of an origin

AA

The “perfect” single origin; a coffee that showcases the terroir of every microregion without breaking the budget. Very clean, balanced, with good complexity, acidity and character

A

 Versatility is its best description: suitable for blending or as a single-origin espresso. Clean, mild complexity and sweetness, and very consistent from batch-to-batch. 15-25% above market

RTB

 A consistent coffee designed to act as a perfect blend component Clean, sweet but simple.

Since 2002, when we opened our first export operation in Colombia, whave focused exclusively on sourcing high quality coffee from Latin America.  Today, we have our own sourcing and exporting operations in 7 countries, from Mexico to Peru. 

With teams on the ground in each of these countries, as well as our import operations in Australia, UK, USA and Taiwan, we control the supply chain from the farm-gate to the roasters door, being able to efficiently deliver a wide selection of coffees to satisfy any coffee roasters needs, be it a consistent blend component, a single-origin with a unique story or an exotic microlot with exciting flavors. 

We have chosen to work primarily with small-holder farmers, as these famers tend to consistently produce some of the best coffees available but traditionally had to sell their coffee to intermediaries or coyotes, never being able to earn full value for their coffees. 

To guarantee the quality and consistency of every single bag we selland to pay each grower what they deserve, wseparate each lot we purchase and perform rigorous physical and cup quality controls, grading coffees according to cup quality, profile and region.  This also allows us to provide full transparency and traceability to our roaster partners, ensuring a fair game for all. 

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COLOMBIA


3178 Producers
69 Comunnities
BUYING AREAS

Cauca, Huila,

Nariño, Tolima,

Valle del Cauca

ECUADOR


141 Producers
14 Comunnities
BUYING AREAS

Azuai, Carchi,Zamora,

Galapagos, Imbabura,

Loja, Pichincha

PERU


416 Producers
16 Comunnities
BUYING AREAS

Amazonas, Puno,

Cusco, Cajamarca

MEXICO


350 Producers
18 Comunnities
BUYING AREAS

Chiapas, Oaxaca,

Veracruz

NICARAGUA


131 Producers
12 Comunnities
BUYING AREAS

Jinotega, Nueva Segovia,

Madriz, Matagalpa

EL SALVADOR


73 Producers
8 Comunnities
BUYING AREAS

Ahuachapan, Chalatenango,

La Libertad, Morazán,

Santa Ana, Sonsonate

GUATEMALA


71 Producers
20 Comunnities
BUYING AREAS

San Marcos, Chiquimula,

Sacatepequez, Santa Rosa,

Huehuetenango, Guatemala

HONDURAS


41 Producers
2 Comunnities
BUYING AREAS

Santa Barbara

Mexico


350 Producers

18 Comunnities

BUYING AREAS
Chiapas, Oaxaca
Veracruz

Guatemala


71 Producers

20 Comunnities

BUYING AREAS
San Marcos, Chiquimula,
Sacatepequez, Santa Rosa,
Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Honduras


41 Producers

2 Comunnities

BUYING AREAS
Santa Barbara

El Salvador


73 Producers

8 Comunnities

BUYING AREAS
Ahuachapan, Chalatenango,
La Libertad, Morazán,
Santa Ana, Sonsonate

Nicaragua


131 Producers

12 Comunnities

BUYING AREAS
Jinotega, Nueva Segovia,
Madriz, Matagalpa

Colombia


3178 Producers

69 Comunnities

BUYING AREAS
Cauca, Huila,
Nariño, Tolima,
Valle del Cauca

Ecuador


141 Producers

14 Comunnities

BUYING AREAS
Azuai, Carchi, Galapagos, Imbabura,
Loja, Pichincha, Zamora

Peru


416 Producers

16 Comunnities

BUYING AREAS
Amazonas, Cajamarca,
Cusco, Puno

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