This month's coffee is a special delivery from Alicia Rugama Romero with the Zacarías Padilla Romero Cooperative. Grown between 3,000 and 4,200 feet above sea level, you'll love the notes of floral, cinnamon, and green apple.
about this coffee
This is Alicia Rugama Romero. Household manager turned coffee expert.
Alicia did not receive a formal education. She stayed home and juggled household responsibilities. When she inherited the family farm, coffee led her to the field schools.
Alicia joined the cooperative and began her journey as an entrepreneur. She focuses on her education, to learn sustainable farming techniques that help her produce world-class coffee.
“I love the field schools. It’s where I’ve learned to make organic fertilizers, natural lime sulfur, and eco-friendly farming practices. It’s also proof that when you organize as a group, you can accomplish much more than when you work alone.”
Today, Alicia supports her children’s higher education in agriculture and leads her family of six to make their dreams come true. Her coffee is infused with this joy for life and a commitment to organic farming.
Rob Terenzi met coffee farmers Marlon and Mayra fifteen years ago during his travels in Nicaragua. They invited him in for a cup of coffee. From the kitchen table, Rob watched as they roasted their own coffee on a big, open fire. Aromas of roasting coffee filled the house, and the fresh green coffee crackled into the finished, roasted beans.
They brewed the beans as soon as they were ready—and poured Rob his very first cup of farmer roasted coffee. That moment was magic: organic, handcrafted specialty coffee, from the farm directly into Rob’s cup.
Coffee is in crisis.
The coffee industry is broken. While demand for quality coffee is booming, coffee growers around the world are barely able to cover the cost of production. Farmers whose families have grown coffee for generations are forced to migrate, to leave behind their farms and find enough income elsewhere, so their families won’t go hungry.
With an estimated 20 million small family farmers living at or below the poverty line, it’s time to come together to forge a better future.