Progress: Community

In specialty coffee, we emphasize the impact of terroir in creating the unique, special profiles we find in beautiful coffees, and we speak poetically about the diverse microregions in which those coffees are nurtured and grow. An equally—if not more—important view of terroir is as the communities involved in coffee’s cultivation, and the people and processes which preserve the beans’ quality at every point of production. High-quality coffee is a representation of the hard work and dedication of the growers, farmers, pickers, millers, exporters, and importers involved, as well as the people who support and sound those various contributors and their contributions.

We believe there is a synergetic relationship between coffee, community, and progress: It can take an entire community to progress in producing coffee, and coffee can create progress for a community. While we believe this philosophy to be true with most coffee grown worldwide, Café Imports has developed and continues to seek community-driven programs on which we can collaborate with our producing partners, designed to support and contribute local initiatives within a myriad of coffee-growing communities. 

AMACA WOMEN PRODUCERS
A.M.A.C.A (Assocation de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca) is the latest partnership in our Women Coffee Producer program. Located in the Colombian municipality of El Tambo, Cauca, this collective is made up of 140 female coffee producers....

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CESMACH WOMEN PRODUCERS
Modeled after the CODECH women producer progam, A premium is paid for CESMACH coffees contributed by women producers who, more often than not, are single parents providing for their families.  

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CODECH WOMEN PRODUCERS
There is an additional premium Café Imports and roasters are paying for this coffee. The proceeds go into a program CODECH chose to promote health in women's lives.

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COSTA RICA COMMUNITY COFFEES
Our partners at CoopeTarrazu separate coffee by community, and those communities are paid a direct premium, resulting in a real impact for the lives of coffees producers in Tarrazu.

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CRIACARMO
As part of our partnership with Carmo Coffee, we are involved with a project called CriaCarmo, a program funding Swimming, Soccer and Karate classes for youth in the Carmo de Minas area. 

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SINEM ACOSTA
A dollar is donated to this Costa Rican Youth Orchestra organization for every bag of Rio Jorco coffee purchased. 

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