We are more than coffee!

New Hope Coffee is grown by the farmers of the El Porvenir Cooperative located in León, Nicaragua.  The certified organically grown, bird-friendly, arabica beans are harvested, patio-sun dried, and hand-selected by the farmers.  The green beans are roasted to order by 19 Coffee Company, a specialty micro-roaster in Pittsburgh, PA.  The coffee has a smooth body, low acidity, with chocolate, tropical fruit, and earthy notes.

The BNH-El Porvenir Partnership Strives to Surpass Fair Trade Standards by:
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Sustaining a long-term relationship

BNH has purchased coffee from El Porvenir since 2002.

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Transparent, Fair Prices

BNH consistently pays El Porvenir a price (around $2.75/pound of green coffee) well above the official Fair Trade minimum.

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Pre-payments

BNH strives to pay 75 percent of the total price to El Porvenir prior to delivery.

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Putting People before Profits

BNH provides El Porvenir with grants for secondary education, university scholarships, and emergency needs.

Our Impact

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El Porvenir farmers have replanted dozens of hectares of organic
shade-grown coffee

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The community has sent their first generation of students on to high school and university

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The community has
built and staffed a primary school

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Most importantly, the farmers have been able to keep their worker-owned cooperative

and their future intact

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The community has preserved 2000 acres of native tropical dryland forest, providing

critical habitat for migrating birds and other species as well as keeping the watershed and

land clean from pesticides and herbicides

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From Coop to Your Cup

Coffee is a big deal. First domesticated in the highlands of Ethiopia, coffee production and consumption now touches almost the entire world. For more than two centuries, most coffee has been grown and exported from Latin America, building nations and even brewing revolutions. Coffee is big business: it is one of the most valuable internationally traded commodities. Coffee is also a livelihood for millions of small-scale farmers including the families of the El Porvenir Cooperative.

Who's Involved?

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Farmers

 

El Porvenir is a cooperative of families that grow and harvest the coffee near Leon, Nicaragua

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Roasters

 

19 Coffee, located in Pittsburgh, PA roasts El Porvenir beans

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Retail Partners & Local Volunteers

 

Our Pittsburgh team, with the help of volunteers packs, distributes, and serves El Porvenir coffee

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You

 

There’s no supply without demand! You make this process possible

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The Land & People

of El Porvenir

Coffee begins with the people who cultivate and harvest it! The El Porvenir Cooperative is nestled on the side of a verdant, biologically diverse, mountain outside of León, Nicaragua. The community of some three hundred people collectively owns the land on which they farm and live. The beautiful setting belies the hardships that the farmers continue to face: vital infrastructure for providing easy access to potable water, electricity, the internet, and transportation are inadequate. The community owns a single vehicle —an old tractor— that not only brings members of the community up the mountain, but also is sometimes used to carry coffee beans and other farm products down the mountain. El Porvenir includes families who fought on opposing sides during the 1979 Revolution, but who came together to form ecologically sustainable livelihoods. By growing organic coffee, the farmers earn higher prices and protect themselves, their neighbors, and the surrounding environment from hazardous agrochemicals while promoting biodiversity.  The challenge for BNH and coffee drinkers is to ensure that the El Porvenir farmers can gain access to vital infrastructure.

Process

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Planted in volcanic soils with organic fertilizers made on-site

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Coffee plants grow under the shade of plantains and a variety of trees

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The co-op families harvest, process, and hand-select the coffee “beans”

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The coffee travels to a port where it awaits shipment to the U.S.

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Beans are

roasted fresh in Pittsburgh, PA by 19 Coffee