Robusta coffee beans have 4 times more caffeine than Arabica beans, this is the reason we spent months trying to find the right farms who can provide the best quality Robusta bean money can buy!
In our search, we made the decision to work with a distributor who has spent years building relationships with small farms from the Philippines, Vietnam and Sumatra. This distributor is a small family-run business, the husband is the owner and CEO, and his helping hands are his wife and daughter. They employ an underprivileged but elite group of friends from the Filipinas for everything the owner and his family can’t take care of themselves. They offer a living wage and a positive, compassionate working environment to their employees and count them as part of their extended family.
They specialize in heirloom varieties that modern coffee production has all but lost.
They use recycled and recyclable cardboard and paper for all of their shipping, they hold strict standards to work with coffee producers who honor the Earth, they always and only import coffee from farmers who make a fair living wage. Their coffee comes from direct trade with the farmers and gatherers. In working with this distributor we are supporting them and the growers, no middleman. Furthermore, they partner with charitable organizations like BKP (for youth literacy in the Philippines) and Catalyst (fighting to stop human trafficking in Southeast Asia).
The first one is centered in Dalat, Vietnam. These farms are exemplary in following safe and sustainable farming practices and they devote 10% of the profits to community betterment, including water projects, medical care and civic improvements. They have a number of core farms that are within the extended family and have been cultivated for generations. They also work with regional farmers to help uplift them and extend their capacity.
The second source of Robusta coffee beans is located in the Philippines. They are a non-profit organization that takes in street children who are at risk for sexual exploitation and educate them how to have a marketable set of work skills.
The husband and wife team who founded the organization are trying to help the extremely poor farmers of the Quirino region reach outside markets like us for their beans, since the local markets offer them only pennies per pound.