The Z Beans Stories

Attention to Detail: Step 3 of Farm to Cup

This blog is told from the point of view of Mrs. Marie Paredes, the wife of Fabricio and the daughter of the original owner of the processing facility in Piñas, Ecuador. Mrs. Marie talks about the second and third machine at the processing facility. These machines peel and grade the coffee!

Victory Loves Preparation: Farm to Cup - Step 2

We follow the truck for the first part of the trip, stopping at all the police blockades, helping the drivers explain to the policeman what we are doing. There aren't many other exporters pulling coffee from all over Ecuador, so we must have all of our documents organized. The police are on high alert due to contraband frequently coming in from Colombia and Peru. 

Laborious Work - Step 1 of Processing Coffee Beans

This article discusses, in thorough detail, the first stage of processing a coffee plant. Here, we will discuss the process from coffee cherry to dried husk. This process is told through the point of view of a hard working Ecuadorian.  

A Coffee Plant's Dream - Four Important Factors for Growth

In Ecuador, you have moderate temperatures at altitudes as high as 7,000 feet. One of Z Beans' farms, the farm of Milton Rivadeneira, sits at 7,200 feet in elevation. His plants never experience frost bite and have grown to be robust and free of disease. Furthermore, his coffee plants, which are grown at these high altitudes, produce a denser bean due to less oxygen. These denser beans have more concentrated flavors. 

Amazing Farming Machines - Coffee Harvesting & Coffee Process

Amazing Farming Machines - Coffee Harvesting & Coffee Process If you've ever been curious how Ecuadorian coffee is made.. As you...

In Good Faith

The answer is no. However, businesses don't see it that way. The 'C' market for coffee just fell below $1, meaning businesses are purchasing coffee for less than $1 per pound. Economists have found that, relatively speaking, farmers need $1.25 per pound to 'break even.' So, what are they doing now that they can't? They aren't finding new forms of employment. Coffee is all they have ever known. I encourage you to take a look at this article here: Hidden Suffering. You'll get a small glimpse of what it's like to work in a coffee plantation.