Rodrigo Moreno wouldn’t normally have the time to sit and chat.
As a coffee producer in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountain range in northern Colombia, he has spent many years putting all his time and energy into his product: planting, tending, processing, drying and milling the fragrant beans.
But he barely made enough money for his family to survive. He constantly battled high debt, low income and perpetually poor financial security — a cycle he couldn’t break on his own, no matter how hard he worked or how good his coffee was.
Investing in quality coffee and quality of life
Then Nevacos, a specialty coffee company, changed Moreno’s life by offering to buy his coffee cherries. Supported by Ground Up Investing, Nevacos pays farmers more than 50% above normal market prices for their high-quality crops, then uses an eco-friendly process to produce a unique specialty product using a fraction of the water of conventional processing.
Moreno says working with Nevacos has eliminated significant stress, while bringing him more peace, security and a better quality of life by paying him a higher price.
“With Nevacos, I save time from not processing my coffee, which gives me more time for other things like spending time with my family and searching for other sources of income.”
Not to mention, he was able to take a few moments to chat with Lutheran World Relief about growing coffee, a luxury he wouldn’t have had time to do before.