farmer: Enrique Navarro
origin: Monte Copey, Dota Tarrazú, Costa Rica, 1900 m
about: Cup of Excellence Champion, World Barista Champion Coffee
tasting notes: Mariposa Plum, Chocolate
powering: Generational sustainability in coffee & a 50% wage premium for pickers
''Coffee: my family's legacy, my life's work, the future of our generation.''
Meet Enrique Navarro:
Hola, I am Enrique Navarro. My family won the Cup of Excellence in Costa Rica in 2014, and Hidenori Izaki used it to win the World Barista Championship that same year. I thought then that we had reached the highest point in coffee for a producer, but soon I realized I wanted something more: to know who drinks our coffee. I spent the summer of 2016 in Seattle with the Onda team, taking Business English at UW and perfecting seeing my own coffee all the way through the craft process. Back on my farm, I’m partnering with a local university to develop a coffee lab dedicated to innovating a bright future for Costa Rica’s next generation in coffee.
farmer: Francisco "Kiko" Ribeiro
origin: Sitio Palmital, Carmo de Minas, Brazil, 1200 m
about: Ruins from the region's first Portuguese settlement stand between Kiko's coffee and virgin Atlantic Forest
tasting notes: Milk Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Almond
powering: Kiko guards 40 hectares of untouched Mata Atlantica, a critically endangered ecosystem
''Big thanks to you for drinking and enjoying my coffee.''
farmer: Kishè Cooperative Smallholders
origin: Western Highlands, Guatemala, 1500m
about: 100% smallholder owned and operated
tasting notes: fruit punch, coco nibs
powering: Economic empowerment through small business ownership, particular emphasis on women-grown and owned coffees
''I've been leading women's groups within the co-op for a while. We've gotten more for our coffee and have opened a bakery, too." -Doña Orta
farmer: Four Families of Setapoung
origin: Jhai Coffee Farmers Cooperative, Laos, 1200m
about: The implementation of chain-of-custody and quality measures have increased farmers' wages 270%.
tasting notes: black currant, red berries
powering: Self-sustained organic fertilizer through composting prevents acidification of soils and rivers.