On Sunday, Three Story Coffee co-owners Tony and Sarah Anderson gave away a bronze medal they won at a national coffee competition last month. The recipient was Mario Valiente Jr. and his father, Mario Sr., the owners of the El Salvador farm that produced the coffee.
Mario Jr. teared up during a Sunday ceremony at the coffee shop’s Dunklin Street location as Anderson told a small group how his shop started sourcing coffee from the family when it opened in 2012.
“It was amazing,” Mario Jr. said afterward. “That’s why I was crying. I was emotional.”
He said he will display the medal on their farm for all the workers to see the results of their labor. Making high-quality coffee, he said, is a chain that must have strong links from the grower to roaster to barista.
His family’s farm, Calera, employs 20-30 people throughout the year, and more than double that during harvesting season, he said.
The Valientes, along with farm manager Jose McEntee are in the United States visiting some of the coffee shops they supply.