All photography provided by Jared Chambers
Since 2011, we have built a business relationship with a community called Franco Bidó in the Central Mountain Range of the Dominican Republic. In June 2015, our first shipment of coffee was roasted and delivered to customers nationwide.
We believe that high quality coffee can be a force for socioeconomic change for small-scale family coffee farmers that each year find it a little bit harder to survive and thrive. Our direct trade model encourages dignified wages, spurs the local economy, and helps farmers earn more income while customers enjoy a high quality, single origin coffee roasted to order.
Coffee brings people together whether in a coffee shop or out in the field learning from the hard working folks growing the crop. By being the bridge between producer and consumer, Better World Beans enriches the coffee experience by building genuine relationship through supply chain transparency and the power of specialty coffee. By focusing on improving the sustainability of the crop, our producers experience greater financial stability creating real impact in the isolated mountainous area of the Dominican Republic.
What We've Achieved
Organized a cooperative of 15 small-scale family coffee farmers
Helped improve the quality of coffee production to some of highest quality coffee coming out of the Dominican Republic
Helped change the economics of coffee farming in a small rural, mountainous community
Helped build economic resilience through encouraging the diversification of the crops grown in the coffee plots.
Encouraged a reduction of usage of inorganic fertilizers and environmentally damaging herbicides.