Frequently Asked Questions
We started Mayorga in 1997 to support small farmers. As we spent more and more time at farms and with coffee farming communities, we saw the impact that the constant spraying of chemicals had on the environment. Year after year, soil became less nutrient-dense and more fertilizers and pesticides were required. Drinking water became contaminated with pesticides. Rivers where children played and communities sourced drinking water became toxic. Farmers developed mysterious coughs. The signs were everywhere. If we wanted to be good partners to those that we seek to support, we can’t poison them and their communities in the process.
Our coffee is 100% SPECIALTY GRADE Arabica.
Arabica is a more delicate plant and must be grown at higher altitudes with cooler temperatures and consistent rainfall. Our specialty grade arabica comes.
As the heartier and more resilient of the two plants, Robusta coffee is generally considered to have more body and less flavor than its more highly sought-out counterpart.
FairTrade Certified is a registered trademark for a program that oversees minimum prices and FairTrade premiums. Sadly, many coffee companies have tricked consumers into believing that they are part of this group my simply calling their coffee “Fair Trade”. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THEY ARE PART OF THE FAIRTRADE CERTIFIED FAMILY. We have actually been licensed FairTrade coffee roasters since 2006.
While we sell about 500,000 lbs of FairTrade certified coffee per year, we have focused our social and environmental efforts through our own Farmer Friendly sourcing principles , which we feel go well above and beyond the normal standards of sourcing. As a base, we pay AT LEAST FairTrade pricing. Moreover, we do so in a transparent manner directly to cooperatives or exporters with whom we have an understanding of how how much the cooperative actually gets. Additionally, we work directly with our farmers and cooperatives to continually improve their market opportunities through product diversification, technical support, and community projects.
WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU CHECK THE SITES BELOW TO SEE IF A “FAIR TRADE” COFFEE COMPANY IS TRULY FAIRTRADE CERTIFIED OR JUST PULLING THE WOOL OVER YOUR EYES: