Organic Eight Rivers coffee is a tangible result of the reciprocal relationship between the farmers of Las Colinas and the surrounding ecosystem of El Imposible National Park.
Clean, abundant water is necessary for quality coffee, and coffee helps maintain quality water. Coffee crops grown at high elevations on these precarious slopes help absorb rainfall and anchor topsoil in place, preventing erosion and helping to keep rivers flowing fresh and free throughout the park and surrounding communities.
Because the health of the co–op's farms and the health of the neighboring park are inextricably linked, Las Colinas has worked hard to implement sustainable methods that protect the local rivers, wildlife, and forest.
Through a grant from Catholic Relief Services, Las Colinas was able to purchase or renovate parts of their processing equipment. Now, they have a state of the art "eco-mill" which recycles wastewater used during processing back into the plant, helping both to conserve water and protect the soil and groundwater supply from contaminants.
After years of transition, all of their coffee is certified organic and grown under heavy forested canopy, and they have committed to planting thousands of new coffee trees each year throughout the farm. Equal Exchange is proud to support Las Colinas as they make great strides in restoring and protecting the natural lushness of their land.