North River Roasters sources specialty coffees from farms that provide fair wages to farmers and that are employing sustainable farming methods, and that are primarily Fair Trade Organic or Rain Forest Alliance certified. When possible, we source from areas that represent the local population in Poughkeepsie, such as Mexico and Peru.
Peru Cajamarca Fair Trade Organic
This coffee comes from the El Palto cooperative from the Cajamarca region in Peru. The El Palto cooperative was founded in 2003 by 35 farmers and now consists of 189 members, 40% of which are women. El Palto’s coffee is certified Fair Trade Organic.
Notes of apple, chocolate, and brown sugar.
Peru “Las Damas de San Ignacio” Fair Trade Organic
COOPAFSI (Cooperative Agraria “Frontera San Ignacio” Ltda) was officially established in June 1969. Gender equality was an important factor when the land was purchased and divided among producers. This particular cooperative is unique because they empower and promote “women grown” coffee. These women contribute to the physical and sensory quality of the coffee. They are always managing new projects and developing new ways to improve the lives of their families.They focus their efforts on improving quality and delivering consistent coffee to different markets. In 2016, a committee of women was created by the cooperative and they are responsible for distributing loans which will enable producers to improve their own land while also taking part in new developments for their kitchens, crafts and livestock. They also created a computer lab which allows all members to stay up to date with modern technology.
Mexico Fair Trade Organic – Swiss Water Decaf
Our CSCR members asked for decaf, so we sourced Swiss Water Decaf beans. The Swiss Water process removes caffeine from the beans using organic methods that include the use of pure “flavor charged” water and a charcoal filtering system. This system is 100% chemical free, kosher, and certified Fair Trade Organic.
Notes of cocoa, caramel, and raisin.
Mexico Royal Water Decaf Fair Trade Organic
This Mexican Fair Trade Organic coffee is produced by UNECAFE, or Unidad Ecologica para el Sector Cafe Oaxaqueno. This association is run by members of the Chatino, Zapoteco, Mixteco, Chontal, and Chinanteco indigenous groups who live in 30 communities in the coffee regions in Oaxaca. Forty percent of the over two thousand members of this organization are women.
Notes of dark chocolate.
Colombia Huila Excelso Fair Trade Organic – ASOPCAFA
The ASOPCAFA foundation was founded in 2013 and has 84 members. Their farm, in the village of Santa Rita in the Aipe district of the department of Huila, sits amongst bountiful streams descending from three snow capped volcanoes. This combination creates soil that is abundant with nutrients, allowing ASOPCAFA to practice sustainable organic farming methods. This coffee is certified Fair Trade Organic.
Bright, sweet, notes of tangelo, caramel, with a long finish.
Colombia Tolima Excelso Fair Trade Organic – Planadas
From Planadas in the Tolima Department of Colombia, this coffee is a blend from the Asotbilbao small producers association and the Resguardo Nasa We’sx community. Asotbilbao, designed to serve as a bridge between the governmental institutions and the producers, was founded in 2010 and consists of 34% women. Nasa We’sx is an indigenous community belonging to the Paez and Nasa tribes of southern Cauca. Women represent 58% of this coffee producing community. This coffee is certified Fair Trade Organic.
Notes of toffee, and citrus.
Colombia Sierra Nevada Fair Trade Organic
This coffee comes from the La Red de Productores Ecologicos cooperative, located in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia near the Caribbean coast. This organization is known for its progressive processes of consolidating their methods or production, trade, marketing, and administration, that allow them to function in a more sustainable manner. This organization consists of eighteen groups, which make up 600 families and a total of 900 farms.
Notes of caramel and milk chocolate.
Honduras ‘Manos de Mujer’ Fair Trade Organic
The Fair Trade Organic Honduras “Manos de Mujer” or “Hands of Women” is an initiative within the COMSA organization that started in 2013 and is located in Marcala, Honduras. This group of female coffee producers within the COMSA organization formed with a goal to improve the living standards of the women that own and operate their own farms. This group is part of a larger initiative of female farmers within COMSA who plant fruit and vegetables, and raise chickens, pigs, and cows.
Notes of orange, honey, and milk chocolate.
San Juan de Rio Coco Madriz, Nicaragua Fair Trade Organic
Multiple Services Cooperative was founded in 2008. It consists of forty-nine members who are committed to organic coffee methods of production. This coffee is certified Fair Trade Organic.
Sweet with notes of yellow plum and butterscotch.
Alto De Jinotega, Nicaragua Fair Trade Organic
The Cooperative Multifunctional Family Coffee R.L. cooperative, founded in 2013, consists of family owned farms within the department of Jinotega, Nicaragua. The farms that are cultivated by these farmers are on average 100 acres in size. The mission of this cooperative is to help farmers organize efforts and combine resources to develop social projects aimed at improving quality of life in their communities.
Notes of dark chocolate and grape fruit.
Oaxaca, Mexico Sociedad Cooperativa
This certified organic coffee comes from the Sociedad Cooperativa Celso Garcia in the Oaxaca region of Mexico. This cooperative is made up of 789 member families, inlcuding 43% women. Their focus is on social development, leadership, and quality.
Oaxaca , Mexico HG Fair Trade Organic
Founded in 2011, this Fair Trade Organic coffee is produced by an association of small coffee producers called Unidad Ecológica para el Sector Café Oaxaqueño, also known as UNECAFE. This association is run by members of the Chatino, Zapoteco, Mixteco, Chontal, and Chinanteco indigenous groups who live in 30 communities in the coffee regions in Oaxaca. Forty percent of the over two thousand members of this organization are women.
Creamy body with notes of cocoa.
Chiapas, Mexico Fair Trade Organic
From the state of Chiapas, Mexico this coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Grupo de Asesores de Production Orgánica y Sustentables (GRAPOS) which operates in the municipalities of Unión Juárez, Cacahoatan, and Tapachula. This coffee is certified Fair Trade Organic.
Notes of chocolate, caramel and lemon with a creamy mouthfeel.
La Pastora Tarrazu, Costa Rica Rain Forest Alliance
A Poughkeepsie favorite, this coffee is sourced from the COOPEDOTA copperative in the Santa Marta District of the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. This cooperative moves 80% of the economy of Dota County, and has achieve Carbon Neutral certification and Rain Forest Alliance certification.
Notes of toffee, caramel, apple, and berry.
Sumatra Aceh Ketiara Fair Trade Organic
The Ketiara Cooperative is located in the Bener Mariah highlands area in the Aceh Providence of Sumatra. They produce coffee from the Adsenia variety, which is one of the oldest coffee varieties in this providence. This cooperative supports many widows who unfortunately lost their husbands during the 2003 civil war. This coffee is Fair Trade Organic.
Notes of baker’s chocolate and licorice.
Sumatra Gayo G1 KOPEPI Ketiara Fair Trade Organic
Located in the Gayo Highlands of Sumatra, Indonesia, surrounding the town of Takegon, the KOPEPI Ketiara Cooperative cultivates coffee at elevations between 900 and 1700 meters above sea level. The area’s soil is innately suitable for the production of Arabica coffee plants, of which an estimated 30 containers per year is exported by the cooperative into American and European markets (2012). Arabica coffee plants have grown in this region since 1908 and are now recognized globally for its rich flavor and strong body. Established in 2009 by 38 people, the KOPEPI Ketiara Cooperative handles all aspects of coffee production until it is ready for exportation. Members count with complete and central facilities for hulling, drying, grading, sorting, labeling and packaging. As so, the cooperative assures their coffee product is 100 percent pure, not mixed with coffee grains that are not their own. This guarantee is also reflected in their Fair Trade and Organic certifications, both obtained in 2012. With hopes of improving the standards of living for its members and community, the cooperative aims to sell more of their quality coffee into international markets. Today, Ketiara has nearly 900 members and is led primarily by women, who occupy the positions of Chairwoman, General Manager, and Finance Manager. The cooperative produces 100% shade-grown Arabica coffee. Member farms are located around the Lut Tawar Lake in the Gayo Highland in the district of Takengon and Bener Meriah, Central Aceh. The area is a mountainous, tropical forest within the Leuser Ecosystem and has temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius. The 897 Ketiara members manage a total of 836 hectares. The cooperative uses the wet-hulled or semi-washed processing method, called “Giling Basah” in the local language.
Notes of sweet, red fruits, and pipe tobacco.
Rwanda Gakenke Fair Trade
This coffee comes from the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative in central Rwanda. Founded in 2000, this cooperative consists of 80% women. In 2003 Dukunde Kawa built a washing station with funds provided by the Rwanda Ministry of Defense. Today, the cooperative donates 10 percent of its annual net profits to fund the construction of other washing stations throughout the country.