Farmer: Luis Roldan
Exporter: Industrias Noviembre
Two harvests ago was the first time Luis sold his coffee internationally and we bought 100% of his export volume (14bags of 69 kg of one variety, this yellow catuai).
After this first purchase, both because the coffee is very good and serves a purpose beyond the cup, we had committed to buying all his available coffee for export before the harvest even began.
Last harvest, we bought his entire production again: 21 bags of 2 varietals (9 of this yellow catuai and 12 of a red caturra).
Our commitment to Luis, Semilla and the Cafe Colis Resistencia group will remain, and we are happy to bring all of Luis' production once again: 14 bags of this delicious yellow catuai, but also 30 bags of red catuai that he blended with all of his wife Wendy's production.
By guaranteeing farmers a good price and a high volume, we are changing how people usually buy coffee, resulting in more stability and tastier coffees.
Price we paid Semilla for the landed coffee in our Montreal warehouse: 13.95CAD/kg.
FOB price: 10.43CAD/kg
Farmgate price: 1850 Quetzal/quintal (up from 1750 last harvest). 1 quintal being around 100kg of parchment (parchment means the green bean is still not exposed)
National price: 1100 Quetzal (down from an average of 1250 last year)
Even when local prices dip, Semilla is commited to buying coffee outside of this system, while alos not basing price on cup score: Semilla pays farmer based on their cost of production.
Producers who have invested time and money into post-harvest processing are rewarded with an elevated price to reflect that investment.
These are the smallholders we need to support, and we’re honoured to be able to do so.