Arlam Aguirre and his wife Yosemi Martinez have a super progressive farm. They’re in the middle of adapting their farming processes to be fully organic, and at the same time, they’re experimenting with other unique eco-friendly practices. Coffee this year was de-pulped using water, but they’ve been experimenting with reducing water usage during as many stages of their processing as possible.
Their farm, Finca Aguacate, is located in a drought-heavy remote area mostly only accessible by foot. Many of the farms in the farmer group they belong to (ASIAST) have switched to terracing and planting in contour lines, which helps capture water in the area and prevent soil erosion.
ASIAST has also helped redefine the most important step for its farmers: create direct connections to the final buyer. Many farms are stuck working with middlemen who transport coffee, export, and then import coffee, giving importers the advantage in what they charge roasters while farmers get paid at the lowest part of the process.
Our sourcing partners at Shared Source were able to purchase this coffee directly from Arlam and Yosemi, which means that they were able to act as the exporter and importer and connect Ruby directly to Finca Aguacate. This is ASIAST’s first year in operation, and Arlam and Yosemi were paid they most they ever have been for their coffee.
As they move to transition their farm entirely to organic practices, they’ve been able to stake out a small, fully organic section of their farm. It’s a way to test their processes before fully scaling, and represents the promise of a new day for their farm.
12 oz / 340 g whole bean
We roast on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Orders placed by 5:00 p.m. Central Time the day before a roast will ship the following day.
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