Rosa Pintado Castillo

how coffee travels to you

There are many ways in which coffee can exchange hands and find roasters. Many times we are interacting with a producer directly and arranging terms and shipping with little 3rd party involvement. This is not always the case, and frankly, it’s not always the best-case scenario either.

FAPECAFES is working hard to separate small lots of coffees from traceable sources.

Handling logistics requires a lot of capital and infrastructure, things that many small producers don’t have. FAPECAFES is a group of cooperatives in Southern Ecuador with 1,200 farm members.

They offer state-of-the-art processing and work to improve the lives of their members.

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What Makes This Coffee Special


Rancho El Carmen coffee farm is 2 hectares (4.9 acres)

A 2-hectare farm is a pretty small operation. Most coffee farmers have a lot more room to plant. With limited space, Rosa’s harvest will always remain rather small


Quality over quantity

Rosa’s partnership with FAPECAFES allows her to have a trusted, reliable buyer, miller, and exporter. She’s able to consistently move her nano-lot harvest each year through this program, where she would otherwise be left to sell to a local 3rd-party for less than fair prices


Variety Breakdown

Typica and Bourbon are the two most important groups of C. Arabica coffees. It is said that the Typica group was brought to Brazil in the early 1700s from The Netherlands. Before that introduction, coffee went from Ethiopia to Yemen to India to Indonesia......Phew, that's quite the trip!


Roasted by Roam bravely

This is a coffee that we roasted ourselves on a Diedrich IR-5 in 6.5 lb batches. Kevin is getting a lot of experience roasting top quality Ecuador nano-lots, and he's not complaining one bit.


Sourced by Us

For us it's really rewarding to feature another excellent coffee from Ecuador that Nicole helped select on her sourcing trip last year. We feel that it represents the best of what Ecuador has to offer.