San Salvador, El Salvador As always, when I arrived in El Salvador, the weather was perfect. Temperatures were in the mid-70s with a slight breeze; a nice time to source coffee in mid-January when the temperatures are generally below freezing in Kansas. I was feeling good, embracing a positive attitude for greeting my friends and… Continue Reading
Last year, bandits raided Finca Santa Maria leaving Armando Benavides, his wife Magaly, and his children Valeria and Juan Pablo with the possibility of losing their entire harvest.
You can read Jeff’s account of the awful incident, originally posted in May of last year.
Thanks to you and many of our friends and customers, we endeavored on a successful fundraising effort that helped the family to rebuild their mill and save the harvest. Armando sent us a letter of appreciation to share, and we will begin roasting the fruits of that harvest beginning Monday, March 10th.
As this year’s harvest has begun, Armando wrote to us (and you) once more.
Buesaco, Nariño, Colombia , January 26, 2014
We are still amazed and grateful for the grand gesture you made toward us in times of adversity, not only for our material losses but also because it affected us emotionally. Your help provided support for our desires, our projects, and hopes. This is what gives value to life, and the support you provided us was one of the most important factors that stimulated us to go ahead despite the harsh reality we found ourselves in. The biggest lesson we learned is how to recognize the sensitivity of people who are far away from us and yet so close to our heart.
We are pleased to tell you that your economic support was of great help. Due to the low internal price of coffee and the assault on the farm, we ran out of working capital, but with your help we were able to meet the maintenance needs of the farm such as fertilizers, payments for labor, and purchase of some of the most essential equipment. All of the economic help went into our first priority which was to end the harvest and ensure the next. Thanks to you, this seems to be going well. Most importantly, my wife, children, and I are very encouraged to move on.
We hope that God overflows you with blessings and that you enjoy our coffee and continue to buy it. As you know it is our job and we do it with love for special people like you.
Juan Pablo, Valeria, Magaly, and Armando
PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. is 21 years old this year and along the road there have been many changes. With an eye towards the future and an appreciation for the past, we are making changes to our lineup of Signature Blends. While continuing to strengthen old and make new Direct Trade partnerships, we have been redeveloping… Continue Reading
PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. will be closed Wednesday, January 1st in observance of the holiday but we will return on Thursday, ready to take on 2014! In celebration of the New Year, we are offering FREE SHIPPING to all retail customers* who order from our website during the month of January! No promo code required.… Continue Reading
Believe it or not, Labor Day is already upon us. Though it may be warm out now (Who are we kidding, it’s a heat wave!), this is the holiday that heralds the coming of gorgeous sweater weather. We will not be roasting or shipping on Labor Day, but we will be in the office on Monday… Continue Reading
I was working a bar shift at our cafe, PT’s at College Hill, when Jeff and Maritza told me that I would be taking my first farm trip. It was exciting, and I only had six weeks to prepare. As I began my research on Bolivia, I started to realize that this journey was going to be a… Continue Reading
Many of you have read Jeff’s post about the terrible tragedy that befell Finca Santa Maria last month in Colombia. You have responded generously and we are so, so grateful. So far, we have raised nearly $2,000 and have already sent an initial payment to Armando to get the recovery started. Due to the… Continue Reading
UPDATE: We are no longer receiving direct donations to the Finca Santa Maria fund. Thank you so very much for your support! We far exceeded our initial goal will have an update soon on the total amount received. You can read Armando’s letter of gratitude here. For Maritza and I, it was just another travel… Continue Reading
TRIP REPORT: EL SALVADOR – JAN 21-28, 2013 Some of my favorite coffees year after year come from the tiny, but very diverse country of El Salvador. The cup quality is outstanding from the farms we work with, but perhaps even more, the relationships we have built as a company over the years with them are perhaps… Continue Reading
Dear PT’s Customers, We wanted to update you on the latest impact Winter Storm Rocky is having on our coffee production and shipment. As you know from our last update, we are getting ahead of the storm by roasting orders that would have gone out tomorrow, today. As the latest weather reports come in, it… Continue Reading