We have chosen to work with Caravela Coffee again to source a new coffee from El Salvador as we were so impressed with our most recent coffee, produced by one of their coffee partners, Eugenia Nohemy Diaz.
Caravela have been championing coffees from Latin America for the last 20 years, working alongside some incredible small-holder farmers in the region. They are champions of quality as well as sustainability and transparency and B-Corp certified.
Felicita Ditamar is an experienced farmer from El Tunel village in La Palma town. Twenty-seven years ago, she started working with coffee thanks to a program
funded by the government to develop the area and promote coffee cultivation.
She started with only 500 coffee seedlings planted at her father’s farm, a property that she later inherited. Three years later, when the plants were fully productive, she realized it was an opportunity to grow more coffee and to have an income. She saw progress in coffee; that is why her farm is named ‘El Progreso’ to honor the growth opportunities and the chance to become an independent woman.
For Felicita, being a farmer has not been an easy path, but she has found strength and support in her family. Today, all her daughters and sons-in-law help manage and harvest the farm. Ten years ago, she started working with specialty coffee to improve farm management practices and quality. Nowadays, 75% of her total production is sold as specialty coffee. In the future, she plans to slowly improve drying infrastructure and plant more Pacamara trees to increase production. Felcita says what motivates her to continue working in specialty coffees is to access better prices and knowing roasters are happy with her coffee. Thanks to coffee, Felicita has improved her family's lives.