Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea has agreed to purchase two containers of coffee at a premium price from a small cooperative of farmers in Olopa, Guatemala. Negotiated through the roaster’s Friend2Farmer direct trade program, the one-year contract is an extension of a three-year agreement signed in 2015 with the Asociacion de Productores de Café de Olopa (Apolo).
Over four years, the contracts will generate over $430,000 in revenue for the co-op and its members.
“When we signed the initial contract three years ago, instability in the coffee market was leading some of the 64 coffee-growing families in Olopa to consider abandoning the crop that had been their livelihood for 80 years,” said Founder and President Greg Ubert. “After seeing the benefits of our initial agreement, we are happy to continue working to provide stability and additional funds for the farmers and their local community.”