• CAFECO members sorting dry coffee.

Organization of Coffee Growers La Concordia (CAFECO)

Drying Sieves

2022 Seeds Fund Recipient

2022 Seeds Fund Recipient

Located in a region with ideal conditions to produce amazing coffee, the CAFECO organization wanted to strengthen the technical capacities of producers. Currently, coffee farmers dry their coffee on patios, either made of concrete or canvas. The risk of animal contamination, adverse weather conditions, and lack of control in fermentation all can have a huge impact on cup quality. CAFECO used a 2022 Seeds grant to purchase 1,080 drying shakers or “zarandas” made of galvanized mesh and a wooden frame for their 540 members. Drying coffee with a zaranda is more practical and efficient for coffee farmers while increasing coffee quality.

Seeds Program

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.