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CESMACH Women Producers

In 2011, Café Imports green buyer Piero Cristiani was sourcing in Mexico with our producer partners at CESMACH and saw that there were a considerable number of women producers dropping coffee off for processing. On the heels of our women's producer program in Guatemala with CODECH, Piero presented the program to CESMACH, wherein coffee from independent women producers are kept separate. A premium is paid for those coffees in an effort to support these women who, more often than not, are single parents providing for their families.

This year's harvest marks the fourth year of the CESMACH Women's Producer program. The quality only continues to increase as the program grows in reputation, and more producers from the surrounding communities of Sierra Madre are getting involved.  The premium is paid directly to the women's producer program, and they decide by committee on how to invest it. Last year's premium went to building vegetable gardens. Silvia Roblero, interviewed by Piero in the video above, helps manage the women producers at CESMACH and has hopes to start investing the premium into women's health programs, as the production volume continues to grow.   

The CESMACH women produced two containers of coffee this year, and they are currently in our U.S. offerings. Next year, the CESMACH women producers are aiming to increase production to four containers.

Click Here for the CESMACH Women Producer offering and Beanology.  

Read more about Piero Cristiani here

Announcing the Legendary PNW Cupping Tour!

This August 1st-6th: Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver -- we are headed your way to taste some of our delicious fresh-crop coffees! 

Saturday August 1st @ 6PM: Coeur d 'Alene, Idaho: DOMA COFFEE ROASTERS. 6240 E. Seltice Way, Unit A, Post Falls, ID 83854

Monday August 3rd @ 2PM Portland, Oregon: PORTLAND ROASTING. 340 SE 7th Ave. Portland, OR 97214

Wednesday August 5th @ 2PM Seattle, Washington: LA MARZOCCO. 1553 NW Ballard Way, Seattle, WA 98107

Thursday August 6th @ 1PM (roaster) and 3PM (public) Vancouver, British Columbia: ELYSIAN COFFEE ROASTERS. 2301 Ontario St Vancouver, BC, Canada

The 2015 Costa Lineup!


Our 2015 Costa offerings are here!

Top row (left to right): La Joya, Community Coffees, Don Pepe, Don Sabino, La Candelilla Estate.

Bottom row (left to right): Café Vida, Las Lajas, Aguilera Bros, Rio Jorco, Undecaf, La Perla del Café.

check our current offerings for what's available.

Check out this new photo album of all our favorite producing partners in Costa Rica here. Photo's by CI's Jess brotzler. 
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We have also constructed our first edition map of Costa Rica's coffee producing regions -- for that and more info on Costa Rican coffee, visit our Costa Rica origin page