Earth Day 2020Apr 21, 2020
Happy Earth Day! This year, we’re celebrating by honoring the ways that many of our producer partners tend to the environment with the same meticulous care they devote to their coffee plants. We never forget the hard work that producers put into every bean that finds its way to our roasteries. This includes protecting the natural world, helping to ensure our continued access to delicious coffee.
The Tocto brothers of Finca Churupampa are organic farming advocates in their community in Northern Peru. In addition to producing organic compost for their own farm, they work with neighboring farmers to produce 100% local compost that is pelletized and sold to other farms as an affordable alternative to conventional fertilizer. Stumptown co-funded the initial project and its later expansion to 8 additional farms, and it has been gratifying to witness its continued success. Shop Peru Churupampa.
Guatemala’s Finca El Injerto is a standard-bearer for ecologically responsible farming. El Injerto was the first certified carbon-neutral farm in Guatemala, and the preserved forest land on the farm is the largest protected forest in the department of Huehuetenango. The Aguirre family has been producing hydroelectric power for the farm for generations, and recently added solar panels to beef up the renewable energy resources available for the farm and surrounding community. Shop Guatemala El Injerto Bourbon.
Haile Gebre, the legendary producer of Ethiopia Mordecofe, built one of the first certified organic coffee supply chains in Ethiopia, including the smallholder farmers who contribute to the Mordecofe lots that we buy. Haile also collects the organic matter shed by the coffee beans during the dry-milling process and compresses it into fuel logs, sold locally as a clean-burning and sustainable fuel source for the community. Shop Ethiopia Mordecofe.
In Indonesia, our partners in the Ketiara Cooperative are proud of their organic cultivation methods. In the Bies Penantan community from which Stumptown sources its coffee, the crop is shade-grown in diversified agroforestry systems with other tropical fruits and vegetables. Since the use of chemical herbicides is forbidden in organic cultivation, the Ketiara Cooperative gave a “weed whacker” to every member to use as an alternative to manual weed control, which can be costly in terms of labor. Shop Indonesia Bies Penantan.