El Salvador – Siberia Estate
The Silvas are committed to protecting their local environment and have accumulated a vast collection of earthworms, which they use to produce completely organic fertilizer from the leftover coffee pulp. Their coffee is hand picked, sun-dried and hand selected to guarantee quality, a process which provides work for some 24 local families.
The farm is part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor System that stretches all the way from Mexico down to Panama. When this network of ‘protected highways’ enters El Salvador, it passes through the shade grown coffee regions, which act as a ‘substitute forest’. For this reason, coffee farms in this area play a vital role as a sanctuary for most of the 520 migratory and native bird species found in this part of the world.
Guatemala – Finca Santa Ana La Huerta – Mountain Water decaf
Dominican Republic – Spirit Mountain
Grown on the “Spirit Mountain Ecological Reserve and Organic Coffee Plantation”, which is a 350 acre reserve located high in the Central Mountain Range of the Dominican Republic. The plantation is certified organic and produces a very smooth Caribbean brew with good body, a rich cocoa flavor and mild acidity. The coffee is grown under a diverse multi leveled shade canopy that is home to a wide range of biodiversity.
All proceeds produced through the sale of Spirit Mountain coffee go to benefit the scholarship program and other educational programs at the Doulos Discovery School located in Jarabacoa, about 15 miles from the coffee plantation. The ecological reserve is also the official experiential learning extension for Doulos students.
While bringing back to life a once thriving coffee plantation, Spirit Mountain has also undertaken a massive reforestation effort. They have planted over 50,000 trees of over 30 species, both for timber and food for the birds. It is the hope of Spirit Mountain to find the perfect agro-forestry mix, promoting bio-diversity alongside the cultivation of organic coffee while developing a lucrative plantation crop of timber for a country that imports more than 90% of its wood products.