We are more than coffee!

The Coffee and the Cup

El Porvenir’s fair and direct trade, organic, shade-grown and bird-friendly certified arabica coffee beans are hand picked, patio sun dried, and carefully selected by the farmers. The green beans are roasted to order for BNH by 19 Coffee Co., a specialty micro-roaster in Pittsburgh, PA.  The cup has a smooth and creamy body, bright acidity, with chocolate, tropical fruit, and earthy notes.

The Coffee Project strives to surpass Fair Trade minimum standards

Sustaining a long-term relationship

through harvests, large and small—with a small coffee cooperative

Annually negotiating cost

informed by, but not beholden to, so-called “market prices.” We consistently pay significantly above Fair Trade minimums

Making pre-payments

We pay 75 percent of the purchase price prior to delivery

Supporting community development

via grants for secondary education, university scholarships, and emergency needs


El Porvenir

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

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

The community has
built and staffed a primary school

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

and their future intact

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


Building New Hope Coffee passes through countless skilled hands on its way to you. Coffee is a big deal. First domesticated in the highlands of Ethiopia, coffee has traversed the world’s tropical regions, giving rise to “coffee forests.” For more than two hundred years, coffee has been grown and exported from the Americas, building nations and even brewing revolutions. Today, coffee is the most valuable internationally traded commodity after oil. It is big business. But, coffee-growing is also a livelihood for millions of small-scale farmers including the 48 families of the El Porvenir Cooperative.

Who's Involved?


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


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

Retail Partners & Local Volunteers

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


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

The Soil of El Porvenir

Coffee begins with the people who grow and harvest it! The El Porvenir Cooperative is nestled on the side of a verdant mountain in Chinandega, outside of Leon, Nicaragua. Not more than 300 people, the community collectively owns the land they farm and live on. Together, the community owns but a single vehicle--a 1970s Ford tractor-- that not only brings members of the community up the mountain, but also shuttles the fresh green unroasted coffee beans down the mountain on its first leg of a long journey to Pittsburgh. "The community believes its social cohesion and in preserving its natural environment (members of El Porvenir are former Sandinistas, Contra and Somoza supporters.) El Porvenir coffee is unique in its shade-roasted, bird-friendly, wholly-organic process. With no electricity, no running water, and no internet – we think El Porvenir does an excellent job producing a world-class end product.


Planted in volcanic soils with organic fertilizers made on-site

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

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

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

Beans are

roasted fresh in Pittsburgh, PA by 19 Coffee




©2020 Building New Hope


Planting Coffee beans