Mapache Coffee is a modern take on the traditional coffee industry. Run by Jan-Carlo & Sofia Handtke who come from a legacy in coffee being fifth generation growers, they have taken the task to make coffee growing sustainable. It all started 12 years ago when Jan-Carlo took the challenge to replant his families’ old farms while working in the paper packaging industry. Right out of college, this small project of replanting the farms turned in to what is now Mapache Coffee, an operation that includes 6 farms which employ 150 people year-round and a state-of-the-art milling station. During harvest season, the farms provide jobs to more than 700 people, becoming one of the largest single employers of the coffee sector in the country. Over the years Jan-Carlo & Sofia realized that coffee ran through their veins and that all along they had right in front of them what their life passion was, to grow amazing coffee, help communities in the country side, make coffee alliances worldwide and share the love for coffee with friends everywhere. By 2019 the company will have planted roughly 1.3 million new coffee plants, we believe these coffee plants will outlast us for generations to come, providing for many families involved a way of life in coffee.
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BENEFICIO EL RECREO
We believe in coffee being sustainable for everyone involved in the “coffee value chain”, from the people who work at the farms to the consumers who drink it on an everyday basis. To achieve sustainability in coffee we work hard on three main premises: 1) low impact in the environment while producing & processing coffee, 2) job security to everyone who wants to join our team & 3) strive for “win-win” commercial relationships.
QUALITY & TRACEABILITY
Everyone in our team knows their craft, we believe in excellency in everything we do. All our coffees are treated with respect, from the picking to the cupping table, we keep track of every aspect related to quality & traceability in our operation. Being a specialty coffee mill not a commercial coffee mill gives us the chance to carefully oversee each process, from picking cherries at a specific “lot” up to preparing our coffees to export.
Everyone is important in our organization and everyone performs a very special task with a purpose. Education in coffee is a key element for success and we love learning and implementing new ways of doing things, constant training in the different aspects of coffee growing and processing is something we engage in constantly. From having two Q graders in our team to training coworkers on how to safely use chainsaws to prune shade trees, we empower our human resource and motivate them to become better coffee professionals.