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
“Rebeca is the pillar of our family. She is everything.” says her father, Heberto Rivas.
Rebeca leads administration and operations for her family’s organic specialty coffee farm in Samarkanda, Nicaragua. When we sat down to speak with Rebeca last month, she recalled her earliest memories on her family’s farm, helping to select out defective coffee beans from the harvest. Coffee has been there through the ups and downs of her life, including last year, when Heberto had to undergo heart surgery at the start of harvest season. The Rivas-Melgara family, led by Rebeca, navigated that challenging time with the help of their community—a community that extends around the world to Vega customers, who savor Finca Los Angeles’s coffee as part of a treasured daily ritual. Rebeca and Heberto tell us how grateful they are to be wrapped in that support. And just the same, we too, are profoundly grateful to the entire Rivas-Melgara family for giving us the honor of sharing the exceptional fruits of their labor with the world.
“If I could have a cup of coffee with anyone in the world, it would be an honor to share one with a customer.” -Heberto
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.