Introducing LWR Farmers Market Coffee

Maryering Talavera stands next to grandfather and coffee farmer Gustavo Talavera, Photo by Brad LaBriola

LWR farmers market coffee is a new line of coffee sourced directly from farmers participating in LWR projects. Every delicious cup helps transform poor communities that depend on their coffee crop to feed their families. Farmers get a strong upfront price for their coffee beans and a portion of the profit. With LWR Farmers Market Coffee, farmers aren’t just suppliers of coffee beans, they are partners in the coffee business.  Meet Gustavo. He’s one of the farmers who grows LWR Farmers Market Coffee.

Gustavo’s farm in Nicaragua is teeming with life.  There are dogs (including puppies), chickens, adult children, grandchildren — and there are coffee trees, which Gustavo says are the lifeblood of his farm.

To hear Gustavo tell his story in his own words, check out our new videos.

“An old farmer once told me, ‘Take really good care of your coffee farm. That’s your daily bread.’” Gustavo explains.  There was a time when farming didn’t provide his family their daily bread. He says he used to work as a farm laborer, but that never met his family’s needs. So he worked hard to buy just over 8 hectares (about 20 acres) of land, on which he now grows coffee. Even then, he says, his family struggled.  He used to sell his coffee to a middleman, who took most of his profits and left little for him to support his family.

LWR began working with Gustavo’s coffee cooperative, SOPPEXCCA, several years ago — helping farmers diversify their crops, better protect their environment and grow high quality coffee beans that you can now enjoy in delicious LWR Farmers Market Coffee.

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“Thanks to coffee, I now have bread for my children and grandchildren,” Gustavo says. “I’m very proud my sons don’t have to sell their labor.”

To Gustavo, coffee is more than just a crop.

“Coffee gives us life. Coffee is medicine,” he says.  “If the world is passing you by, enjoy a cup of coffee — then get back to it.”

Taste the care and hard work Gustavo, and the farmers of SOPPEXCCA, put into every coffee bean included in LWR Farmers Market Coffee. Order now!

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By Nikki Massie, LWR’s Staff Writer