Our team has spent the past 25+ years consistently searching for the best coffees within each region of the world. Over time, we have identified many independent farmers within each region whose passion for cultivating the highest quality coffee is un-matched.
We source from independent farmers who take great pride in their cultivation of coffee and who have a genuine passion for producing the highest quality coffee within the region. Simply said, we source our coffees with a passion for sustainable cultivation in mind.
At Volcanic Red, we have learned over the years that there are some essential practices that promote the sustainable cultivation of the many great coffees we roast.
The Plantation’s Eco-System
A single coffee plantation is capable of supporting hundreds of species of beneficial plants and animals that in turn support the ecosystem in which coffee plants thrive. The presence of a strong ecosystem has proven to decrease the population of crop-damaging insects as well as decrease reliance on chemical pesticides and insecticides.
The planting of alternative crops, such as banana trees, when grown alongside Arabica coffee, create shade coverage that provide numerous benefits. Tall trees promote biodiversity by creating a healthy plant and animal habitat for birds, bees, and small animals.
By combining practices such as root bending and selective pruning to create natural shade and generally maintaining the ecosystem, farmers can grow stronger trees that produce additional crop in subsequent years.
Clean water is critical for maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Wastewater from coffee being processed at the mill can contain natural elements from the beans. These elements, if not filtered, can be released into local water sources, in turn causing algal bloom in the lakes and streams thus altering the natural balance of the environment.
Adding filters to fermentation tanks can stop the release of natural vapors. Additionally, the use of vetiver grass and holding ponds that treat the wastewater, stop the release of byproducts from reaching the water sources, thus conserving and maintaining the ecosystem.
Fair Trade Pricing
Fair Trade Pricing is an economic effort in the coffee industry. The goal is to set standard pricing metrics, which help producers achieve better pricing for their goods and thus improving their overall quality and standards of living. The team at Volcanic Red believes in paying fair and just prices for the best coffees. We have always rewarded our farmers with our own version of fair pricing. We look at it as simply rewarding the farmers, whom we have built long lasting relationships with, for growing great coffee.
We also support Fair Trade efforts and continue to pay Fair Trade premiums for exceptional coffees. We hunt for the best beans, and we pay a premium for them, many of which are organically grown. We build strong supply chains with long-term partnerships and friendships with our growers. The increasing amount of Fair Trade Economic benefits the farmers receive as they continue to grow more organic coffee is helping to ensure that farmers all over the world are able to meet their everyday needs and to improve their living standards and income earning potential.
Giving Back: Environmental & Social Sustainability
Through the years Volcanic Red Coffee has provided support for the farmers and their families at source. Everyone involved in the production of specialty coffee has an important role and we all have to work together as we achieve our goals. We support several programs nationally and abroad and will continue to do so on an ongoing basis.