Transcend Coffee & Roastery | Green
COVID-19 has impacted people across the world. In addition to the health risks, the necessary measures to limit the spread of the virus that people and governments have had to put into place have created a lot of economic uncertainty. Some of the most vulnerable populations in the world don’t have access to much support, and coffee growers and farmworkers are among them. The pandemic hit the country of Honduras right as the coffee harvest was getting into full swing, and many coffee buyers were facing uncertainty and had to reduce, postpone, or even cancel their coffee contracts. We worked to buy as much coffee from Roberto Figueroa and Duvis Moreno, the two producers we work with in Honduras, and at the same prices we paid last year, and despite the ongoing pandemic, things were looking fairly positive for next year. This fall, however, two major hurricanes made landfall in Central America within two weeks of one another. Hurricanes Eta and Iota slammed into Honduras, bringing torrential downpours, major flooding and mudslides. Many coffee producers in the area saw their farms destroyed and their lands inundated. The work to clean up will take months, and many people had to be re-settled while they figured out if they could even return to what remained of their homes. To help, we are giving $0.50 per bag of each bag of Honduran coffee we sell back to Roberto, Duvis, and their families to help them rebuild.
The extended Moreno family have been leaders in the coffee-growing communities on the Santa Barbara mountain. After being invited to accept a Cup of Excellence award on behalf of a neighbour in 2005, Miguel Moreno became convinced that growing high-quality coffee and selling for higher prices would provide a sustainable income and a brighter future for his extended family. 14 years later, the Moreno family name is synonymous with exceptional Santa Barbara coffee. His nephew Duvis is one of his many family members who is growing the coffee community in Santa Barbara. He owns 1 manzana (or three-quarters of an acre) of land at roughly 1630 meters and grows nothing but Pacas. He mills his coffee at the family micro-mill and has started to experiment with fermenting the freshly depulped seeds in bags. 2018 was the first year that he entered the Cup of Excellence competition and he placed 12th using this method. Because he entered the COE, he only had a very small amount of leftover to sell to us that year. However, since then we have been able to purchase more and more and are excited to have his entire lot this year: 8 bags of unbelievably complex and delicious coffee from one of the most unique coffee growing regions in the world.
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