Our Colombia Esmeralda comes from the Green Coffee Company (GCC). They are a farm collective founded in 2018 in Salgar, Antioquia and operate 11 farms in the region. Their farms are ideally suited to take advantage of the high altitudes and ideal microclimate for cultivating a sweet, dense cherry. Their farms are also Rainforest Alliance certified and they cultivate coffee in a way that protects the environment.
GCC is making waves in the coffee industry by creating formal employment agreements with their laborers. With legal contracts that establish wages and work hours, laborers have much more security and access to essential services including healthcare, insurance and pension plans. They can also receive vacation days, paid leave and protection against being wrongfully fired. GCC’s plan to formalize labor contracts for all employees will improve living and working conditions for laborers while also making coffee production safer and ensuring adequate labor for the season.
Green Coffee Company (GCC) is devoted to producing high-quality RFA-certified coffees in a sustainable and ethical manner. Their focus on both people and the environment is improving working conditions for laborers, protecting natural springs on their land and improving the overall quality and sustainability of their coffees. We’re proud to support their work and sell their coffee.
FARMS: Fincas La Grecia, El Leon, La Colombian, La Esmeralda, Dolores, Gualanday, La Gabriela, Las Virgenes, Guadalajara & La Sebastiana
VARIETAL: Castillo, Caturra, Colombia
PROCESSING: Fully washed
ALTITUDE: 1,500 to 2,100 meters above sea level
FARM SIZE: 80.5 hectares on average