100% ORGANIC, FAIR TRADE, SHADE-GROWN COFFEE
Higher Ground's Ecuadorian beans come from a small association in the south of Ecuador bordering the Peruvian border. The association has a great leadership and this has helped them position themselves as a top player in Ecuadorian coffee. They've won and placed in Taza Dorada multiple times. The Ecuadorian is a coffee that has a citric acidity and portrays sensations of tobacco and nut. It is a bright coffee with subtle flavors of cinnamon and cloves.
Fair Trade certification enables the farmers who grow our coffees to keep their family-owned farms and benefit from economic and educational programs, while growing a great organic crop. Our coffees are also grown in the shade of the forest canopy—preserving ancient forests and natural habitat for innumerable species of plants and animals.
The Fair Trade alternative has allowed the farmers who grow Higher Ground coffee to make many improvements in their quality of life and quality of crop. Some of these improvements include:
- Allowing small family farms to keep their land and maintain organic coffee production, a tradition that began long ago in the area, approximately 100 years ago.
- Establishing a revolving fund for marketing and coffee processing—allowing the Coop to increasingly invest in quality agriculture and improve the coffee crop year after year.