Back in 2016 we received a message from Paulina Schippers asking if we’d be interested in trying a sample of her father’s coffee from the family farm, San Luis El Volcancito. A few years and thousands of pounds of roasted coffee later we are so proud of what the Schippers family is doing and extremely fortunate to have found such a wonderful partnership with them.
Named after the ancient volcano that provides the farm with rich, fertile soil, San Luis El Volcancito is a family run farm founded on the core values of family, quality, and traceability. John Schippers oversees the day to day operations while his daughters Paulina and Danny run Dos Niñas Coffee Importers, responsible for bringing the family’s coffee stateside as well as distributing it. Fourth-generation coffee farmers, Paulina and Danny grew up surrounded by coffee and their love for the family business is evident.
San Luis’s focus on quality is at the forefront of what they do. From high-quality variety seedlings reared in a nursery and matured in rich volcanic soil, to carefully picked cherry processed at the farm’s on-site beneficio, San Luis is dedicated to producing consistent, high-quality coffee as well as continuously innovating their specialty coffee offerings. A favorite of ours and our customers since 2016 the Las Marias lot is truly outstanding. In the cup you will find delicate green apple-like acidity, a candy-like sweetness, with hints of chocolate and almond.
From quality coffee to quality of life the Schippers family are doing great things for the community of 11 families that live on the farm year-round. Having built a K-6 school for the children of the farm to study and two new cinder block homes for the families they aim to continuously improve the quality of life for all the hard working people of San Luis el Volcancito.
The Schippers have become more than just our business partners, they’ve become some of our closest friends. From visiting us in Boone (for a climbing comp that we raised $600 for the farm at!) to hosting us in their beautiful home of Guatemala they have made us feel like nothing less than family. We are so happy to continue our partnership in not only bringing you beautifully well-balanced coffee but also continuously working to improve the quality of life for the community of San Luis El Volcancito. $1 from every bag purchased of the Legend of El Volcancito goes directly to funding new and improved housing, school supplies, and other needs the farm community might have. So grab a bag and feel good knowing that your money is helping this awesome community in Guatemala.