While our primary focus is our gelato, we also care greatly about the coffee we serve. Gelato and espresso go hand in hand, and our core philosophies regarding food and business show in our hot beverage as much as our cold treat. Like vanilla and chocolate, the injustices surrounding coffee are immense, so sourcing has been very important. Because of this, we've chosen to use Flamenco coffee and espresso. Roasted in town (on a partially solar-powered roaster) by folks who really know their beans, Flamenco focuses on grower relationships and organic and Fair Trade beans. Beyond this, they also roast beans from the Café Femenino Project, a social program for female coffee producers in rural communities around the world—and something we're proud to serve.
Flamenco Coffee, which is part of the Rainforest Alliance and works toward relationships and sustainability, is also delicious and award winning. We think you'll love it.
ABOUT CAFE FEMENINO:
Coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world next to oil. Female coffee producers make up 30 percent of the 25 million coffee growers that are responsible for producing 75 percent of the world's coffee. Harsh gender inequality, poverty, and abuse are rampant in these coffee production regions, and many female coffee producers have no rights and unfair or no income, something Fair Trade has not been able to impact adequately.
Because of this, more than 1,500 women in Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru are part of the Café Femenino Coffee Project to achieve empowerment, build social and support networks, and earn incomes through the production and sale of Café Femenino Coffee. The success of the Project initiated the creation of The Café Femenino Foundation, which provides grants to select programs and projects that enhance the lives of women and their families in coffee growing communities around the world.
Café Femenino coffee is only distributed by fewer than 100 roasters, all of whom pay a premium above Fair Trade pricing. We are thrilled to have a local roaster who is part of this, and we are behind the product 100 percent.