Costa Rica Social Impact Project

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About The Cost Rican Coffee Industry:

Coffee production and commercialization has made a large impact in the development of Costa Rican society. Since the eighteenth century, the industry had the effect of democratizing land distribution and private property, playing a role in improving quality of life for 90% of its producers – families who own their own small or medium coffee farms.

Historically, coffee has been a motor for social development in Costa Rica. Its influence may be measured in terms of jobs along the argri-food chain, which is composed of over 50,000 producer families.

Since 1993, every coffee transaction and delivery in Costa Rica is directed through the Costa Rica Coffee Institute (ICAFE), which register coffees based on international coffee market’s real base price. This is called the Liquidation Payment System. As a result, coffee producers receive around 80% of the price for each bag sold.

Millcreek’s Contribution:

Costa Rica has made great strides from both a social and environmental impact on the coffee community. Their care for quality and ethical trade makes Costa Rica an ideal place to purchase green coffee.

Millcreek Coffee Roasters purchases roughly 42,000 pounds of Costa Rican coffee per year. When the opportunity to help a school in the coffee community came up, we were excited to participate. A social impact project called “La Eva Project” was created. The Coffee Source in conjunction with Santa Laura Exportadora de Café will help Millcreek Coffee administer the project of improving safety and health conditions for a small school called School Julio Ulate Gonzalez. Four percent of every pound purchased by Millcreek Coffee Roasters will go toward improving the school. We are excited to be part of this project. We’ll give you more updates about the project as it progresses!
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