NICARAGUA – 13°17 N, 85°40 W
With a towering waterfall as its background, the town of Peñas Blancas lies in the cloud forest in the heart of Jinotega, Nicaragua’s coffee country. We’re working with a community of 40 small farmers within this celebrated coffee region. To meet them, check out the stunning landscape, and find out what we plan to accomplish in Peñas Blancas.
ELEVA IN ACTION
Every year, we don’t just buy coffee from our farmers; we ask them what’s needed in their community and help them fulfill that need. In 2018, our first year in business, we worked with the farmers and our social impact partners to make a significant impact in two of our communities. The Ferrufino brothers in Peñas Blancas, Nicaragua told us their children’s schools needed new bathrooms—we constructed those and powered a kitchen that will allow the 300 students to take part in a school lunch program for the first time. In Santa Palencia, Guatemala, Doña Lucia told us their local schools needed a major upgrade. We partnered with Building Bridges Worldwide to bring business school students to spend a week living with the farmers and refurbishing the buildings. And wait until you see what we’re up to this year. Click here for our Social Impact Report.
ETHIOPIA – 7°57 N, 36°50 E
In the 8th century, coffee was first discovered in the highlands around Jimma, Ethiopia. It’s no coincidence that our partner community, in the town of Kossa Geshe, is located in the very same region. Over 200 farmers live in and around Kossa Geshe, which produces the bold taste that is characteristic of Ethiopian coffee.
GUATEMALA – 14°40 N, 90°21 W
Our Guatemalan blend gets its distinctive velvety profile from the rich, volcanic soil and high altitude of Palencia. We buy directly from 50 farmers who grow it here, 5,400 feet above sea level.
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