When sourcing our single origin coffee beans we strive to develop our own strong direct trade relationships. For those farms too remote for us to go directly to, we use independent green bean importers who value close long term partnerships between coffee growers and roasters.
Read more about some of our coffee sourcing trips below.
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How have some of the coffee bean farmers that Missing Bean have worked with benefitted from selling Direct Trade Coffee Beans?
Our advance means Guillermo can invest in his processing methods and improve the quality of his coffee. Every year, he improves parts of the farm and his coffee gets better, more complex and scores higher every year. As the demand for his coffee has grown, he has involved more family members in the business.
“I want to thank all of you who buy our coffee. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We drink it everyday but without the income it generates we would struggle to make a living and protect our forests. Selling direct adds value to our coffee and allows us to improve our production but also secure vital medical support for our family in times of need. A thousand thank-yous.”
– Guillermo Cotrina
“The Missing Bean were one of our first Direct Trade clients, which was a breath of fresh air for us. It gave us hope that there was a future for the high quality coffee production business.
It feels good to know that our clients around the world value our coffee and are willing to pay more because of the quality, history, and social and environmental responsibility. And by knowing about the specific coffees that clients are interested in, we’re able to plan our harvest accordingly.”
– Santiago Salazar
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Direct-Trade Coffee Sourcing Trips
Nicaragua – Fincas Mierisch
When Silviu first started as the Missing Bean’s Head of Coffee, the first thing on his agenda was to source coffee from the Fincas Mierisch farms in Nicaragua. Having formerly been the Head of Coffee for Society Cafe, he was taken on a trip to the farms by Society’s roaster,...
Colombia – El Calapo
In February 2019, Missing Bean’s founder, Ori, escaped the UK winter to visit the Salazar family at their coffee farm El Calapo, in the lush foothills of the Andes. A year on we look back to that visit.
Thailand – Doi Pangkhon
In 2017 our head roaster took a trip to Northern Thailand to visit the coffee farm where our Thai coffee comes form. She met with the farmers, and saw the whole process of coffee growing, drying and processing.
Peru – Chilchos Valley
In summer 2016 Ori (owner & master roaster) and Conrad went on a special trip to Peru to visit the coffee farm where we source our beans from. Trekking over the breath taking landscape towards the Chilchos Valley, they spent time with coffee farmer, Guillermo, and stayed with his family.
Brazil – Cachoeira
We are yet to visit the DBarbosas – a family of specialty coffee producers passionate about sustainability who run the Cachoeira coffee farm in Brazil. The tradition of coffee production has been in the Family since the twentieth century. Mr. Barbosa ancestors, his great-grandparent Elias Barbosa passed it on to...
Honduras – Cerro Azul
Cerro Azul is a farm owned by the Mierisch family, producers of our Nicaragua coffee, and visiting their Honduras plantation is on our list. The Mierisch family are passionate about quality and sustainability, ensuring that chemicals are added to any plants that are within 5 meters (around 16 feet) from...