Learn more about our Farm to Cup relationships in this edition of the Coffee Impact Report.
COFFEE IMPACT REPORT - MICEPA
by JESSICA SHERIDAN
PART 1: ON SIGIFREDO & CHEPE’S FARMS IN CHIRRIPÓ, COSTA RICA.
Imagine for a minute: You’re hiking through a lush, well pruned coffee farm on the side of a mountain in Costa Rica. The farm looks like it touches the baby blue sky ridden with white, cotton-candy clouds. Avocado and jocote fruit grow alongside the fragrant, blossoming coffee plants that line the mountainside. As if you’re in Jurassic Park, enormous jute plants poke through the foliage, towering high above your head. Someone jokingly yells, “Don’t fall!” as you fight through your altitude sickness and traverse the steep terrain.
While you continue to climb the mountainside, some of the farmers tease each other by throwing sandburs at each other’s backs. You quickly forget the impending danger of watching where your feet step as you begin to feel like these are people you’ve known for a while, rather than ones you’ve just met that day.
When I visited the farmers of MICEPA (Microbeneficio Cerro Paraguas) for my first time back in 2017, this is the exact scene that played out. After a long day of showing me a few of their farms, the work they’ve done to improve their crops, and their mill, we all went out for a supreme pizza and beer – two more things that we share a mutual love for other than coffee. Sometimes impact isn’t quantifiable in numbers, but is instead defined by created relationships and bonds.
Stay tuned for more about MICEPA, a Farm to Cup relationship that we’ve been invested in since 2014. And to honor and celebrate the coffee that we use from MICEPA, we’ll be having $2.00 off all bags of Green Dragon Costa Rica until August 23rd, 2020. Grab this deal both online and in our cafes and celebrate “Farm to Cup.”
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