Rocky Butte Coffee Roasters founder James Helms and his wife Sheryl had the amazing opportunity to tour Copán Ruinas, Honduras for several weeks! They stayed with local families and immersed themselves in Spanish language learning and seeing first-hand how coffee is planted, grown, processed, and packaged.
One of the most exciting parts of the trip was meeting Erlin Barillas, the owner of Coffeerama Farms. As a newer roasting company, it isn't easy to have great relationships with coffee growers across the world. Similarly, coffee farmers in Honduras don't always have the opportunity or ability to sell directly to coffee roasters either. Many end up selling to "coyotes," middlemen who pay way less than half than what roasters in the United States typically pay for specialty-grade coffee. Meeting Erlin and staff and observing his farm in action was the beginning of such a unique and exciting partnership! (As of September 2020, we have Coffeerama Farms green coffee in Portland ready to be roasted!)
Being able to pay above "fair trade" prices for our coffee directly to the farmer is a win-win for everyone. We care about People, Place, and Coffee. That starts with the people who grow and harvest the coffee and their community! We're passionate about our coffee because we know the dedication that it takes to get it from the farm to your cup.
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