Founded on the belief that organically grown product produces a superior taste and healthier food our coffees are certified organic.
Our coffee is hand-picked and mostly shade-grown at high altitudes in some of the world’s best coffee growing areas. We buy almost all our beans directly from growers to ensure maximum quality and minimise added costs so we can pay them better than Fairtrade minimum price. Our coffees are certified Fairtrade.
For thousands of years farmers in China, India, Middle East and South America have known that when you work with nature you can produce beautiful foods in abundance. Organic agriculture produces food with amazing flavour and it provides much needed jobs and companion crops for local food production.
The very care and consideration that goes into the soil that grows IncaFé beans lives on through to the final product. We like to describe our coffee as “naturally crafted”. Our beans are grown in a naturally forested ecosystem where companion planting, canopy shade, and an abundance of insect and bird life all contribute to bountiful, full-flavoured coffee beans.
We know that all sounds a bit “trippy” but to be honest to stand in the middle of our growing area and feel the sense of nature working in harmony really is quite a phenomenal experience.
For nature to work best we should respect the soil, its water and all that lives in it. For the land to produce best we should respect the hands that care for it. That’s why we support our farmers, visit their operations, assist with production methods and ensure that together we can create a sustainable business partnership from bush to cup.
One of our key drivers, aside from delivering you the best coffee we can, is to ensure that we also create a sustainable business model that benefits all parties involved in the coffee-making process.
IncaFé coffee holds the following certifications: FairTrade™, BioGro Organic, plus our roastery is CarboNZero certified. These are industry standards that guarantee that our product is ethically sourced, and free of chemicals or pesticides – not just to local, but international standards.
We feel particularly proud of our continuing partnership with our growers. In appreciation of the hard work they put in to produce organic coffees of an excellent standard we pay well above set market rates, ensuring that they have the finance to see them through the whole year’s growing cycle.
We visit the growers every year, advising on and assisting with infrastructure and business efficiencies, educating them about current market trends, cupping the picked harvest alongside them and generally cementing a very strong partnership.
For them it means financial stability and a committed buyer, for us it means we get the pick of the crop by buying in advance of harvest, and for you it means that you receive a quality cup of coffee and a clear conscience, knowing that with each sip you are helping to maintain a special growing ecology, and a thriving and sustainable business for the cultures that grow and harvest the beans.
We are especially proud to be able to sponsor a school in the famous coffee growing region of Villa Rica in Peru. Keeping education close to the plantations has multiple benefits for the community. The families are able to stay together as they do not need to look for work near other schools or have their children stay elsewhere to be educated. It also means that the children have an alternative to staying with their mothers whilst they work in the coffee plantations. A bonus is the opportunity for the children to learn the principles of organic farming at a young age, providing not only basic food cultivation skills but also continuing the country’s ability to be leaders in the growth of organic coffee farming.