2022 Seeds Fund Recipient
Climate change has considerably affected coffee production in the Cauca region of Colombia. Since 2015, the Orgánica Cooperative, producers of our La Golondrina coffee has been in the process of revitalizing its soil through more efficient production and application of solid and liquid organic fertilizers.
The Orgánica Cooperative utilized a 2022 Seeds grant to fund efficiencies in their successful biofertilizer project. Machines were purchased to grind organic waste, such as coffee pulp, kitchen waste, lawn mowing, and farm animal manure, that accelerate the composting process. This machinery complements the cooperative’s existing biofabrica system and allows for the highest percentage of organic waste to be reused as essential plant nutrients.
Counter Culture Coffee collects $0.01 from every pound of coffee sold to fund our Seeds program. Annually, $1 per pound of our winter coffee blend, Iridescent, goes to further increase our contribution. Seeds offers financial grants to producers and producer organizations we work with to implement sustainability projects they identify as beneficial. To date, we’ve allocated over $280,000 to Seeds projects.