WE ARE ALL ABOUT ARTESANOS
We're about artesanos (artisans) - bakers and tamale-makers, the farmers and land caretakers. From the lush, green fields of Central America to our very own West Denver streets, we love the makers of the things we love. We support short supply chains that keep more profits with producers and celebrate the human hands that grow, roast, weave and harvest the goods we sell.
100% badass women and third-generation family farmer-owned, Gento coffee is grown and roasted by Guatemalan farmers.
Gento, inspired by the word gente (people, in Spanish) is revolutionizing inefficient value chains by providing direct access to the best Guatemalan coffee produced 100% at origin. This third generation Guatemalan family farmers work with producers in the best regions around the country, and perfectly roasts each one in small batches to bring out unique flavors. 10% of every bag sold is invested back into rural communities' education and nutrition projects. Read more about Gento on our blog!
"We are farmers ourselves, so we know what it takes to produce great coffee applying sustainable practices, we also understand the needs of our producing partners."
A due of young guys experimenting with flavor profiles, processing techniques, and FUN, Paralelo 14 is roasting up unique flavors of Guatemalan Specialty Coffee.
Operating out of Antigua, Paralelo 14 is focused on partnering with single origin small coffee producers to set a fair price that reflects their hard work. Paying beyond fair trade prices sets a foundation for producers to sustainably grow. Luis Minas, a third generation young coffee producer, is the lead farmer and serves as a voice on current affairs in Guatemalan coffee system. Leonardo Girón, a Guatemalan-American with a background in beer brewing, is the lead roaster in Antigua and a great friend of Luis. Their youth and eagerness to experiment have led to several new fermentation processing methods, with many more planned for the future.
"At first as a coffee tour operator in Antigua, we began to see firsthand the challenges faced by small producers, namely that the scale of their work does not allow them to demand enough margin for their hard work and quality product."
The pioneer and leader in the farmer-roasted movement, Vega brings delicious single-origin, shade-grown coffees from Nicaraguan and Colombian Farmer Roasters.
Most farmers sell coffee as a commodity to middlemen who then sell it lots of other middlemen before it gets to you as a consumer-ready product. 90% of profits in the coffee supply chain are in roasting, leaving farmers with the most at stake earning the smallest share. Vega does it differently, giving small-scale farmers the tools and training to roast, package and ship their coffee from its point of origin.
"Farmers earn more, we charge less and you get premium coffee crafted from micro lots of the finest coffee varietals at a fair price.”
Indigenous women-owned, Love&Tea cooperative brings us tea
"from the land to your cup, with love."
These lady farmers in the Guatemalan highlands owns 100% of their supply chain, growing all the herbs, flowers and teas, drying and processing in their greenhouse, designing the unique blends for medicinal benefits, and shipping to us. These are artisanal blends you can't find anywhere else in Denver, and grown with the loving Mayan spirit of Totonicapan.