Crimson Cup awarded America's Top Coffee Roaster 2016

America's top coffee roaster is from Columbus and a partner with Axiom Coffee Ventures

The Columbus-based coffee company was named the 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year by trade publication Roast Magazine.

It’s the first time in 12 years an Ohio-based roaster has won the award, which is normally given to nationally known brands like Intelligentsia Coffee and Tea based in Chicago and Portland, Oregon’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters.

Crimson Cup has been partnering with Axiom Coffee supporting the Smallholders in Mexico and Central and South America for the past several years.  Congratulations Crimson Cup! To read more click link

http://www.roastmagazine.com/currentissue/currentissue/roast_roymacro.html

 Greg Ubert (Crimson Cup) and Stephan Erkelens (Axiom) visit Smallholders   

Greg Ubert (Crimson Cup) and Stephan Erkelens (Axiom) visit Smallholders

 

Award Winning Coffee Inspires Village

Ezequiel Celso Carrera Garcia one of the small holders working with Axiom from Cañada region of Oaxaca, Mexicowas awarded 4th place at the “Premio a la Calidad del Café’ de Oaxaca” (PCCO) statewide quality competition held on April 17, 2015. He was amongst 135 entries from every part of the state and achieved recognition for the quality of his coffee and a price premium that sparked an enthusiasm from his village of Santa Cruz Acatepec and the surrounding villages in this previously unknown Cañada Region. These smallholders are eager to invest themselves in a quality revolution to insure the opportunity to receive price premiums in the future.

The meeting with Axiom and Rabobank Foundation was attended in unprecedented numbers of Smallholders reflecting the desire to make improvements in their coffee. This visit also stimulated conversation with other partners to help support these efforts…watch for future story.

ANGELICO CHAVEZ BAUTISTA- A Success Story

ANGELICO CHAVEZ BAUTISTA is from the community of: Guadalupe Nuevo Centro, Municipio de Santa Maria Zacatepec, Putla Oaxaca. For 40 years, since the age, of 10, Angelico has been helping with the family coffee farm. Taught by his father, he understands the full process from beginning (seedling) to the final product (washed organic coffee).

Due to his efforts he is now owner of his home, where he, his wife and 4 children live. They have devoted themselves to the care and production of a coffee orchard and farm where 80% of the production is coffee and the balance is dedicated to the growing of corn and beans, their main staple foods. For the first time the coffee harvest pays for his family’s basic livelihood; the purchase of food, clothing and school supplies for his children. Thanks to the increased productivity of his coffee orchard, which is a direct result of the support and training from Axiom Coffee, Angelico has addressed all the priority needs of his farm and his family. 

 Source.. Cooperativa Celso Garcia Garcia, Oaxaca Mexico: Impact Report to Rabobank Foundation – August 2015

 This is just one of many transformational stories made possible by your generosity and financial support of Axiom Smallholder Programs. 

 

Axiom Partners With Crop to Cup-Microlot Market Benefits Smallholders

In recent years an emerging trend is the microlot-ization of quality coffees, i.e. buyers look for small lots of truly differentiated premium beans that are directly sourced.  Accessing the microlot markets, is therefore of key importance to smallholders working themselves out of poverty.

One of the fundamental drivers for sustainable transformation is the price that smallholders receive for their coffee. To that effect Axiom places significant emphasis in two critical areas:

  •  Ensuring the smallholders understand what is necessary and have the resources to produce a premium quality coffee
  •  Helping international buyers recognize value when a smallholder delivers an outstanding product.
 Meet Faustian and Paulino from Thioga, Todos Santos, Guatemala.

Meet Faustian and Paulino from Thioga, Todos Santos, Guatemala.

 ELIVERING THEIR PRECIOUS CARGO
Meet Faustian and Paulino who come from the village of Thioga located in Todos Santos, Guatemala;  When we first met them, our country director Christian Escoffie advised them of the many complexities and commitment required for them to access the international markets. Christian explains: “THIS GROUP OF FARMERS WAS VERY LIMITED IN THEIR KNOWLEDGE AND CAPACITY – THEY POSSESSED ONE SHARED HAND PULPING MACHINE!- I WAS NOT HOPEFUL ABOUT THEIR ABILITY TO PRODUCE QUALITY COFFEE IN THE SHORT TERM; CHALLENGING THEM TO MAKE SIMPLE IMPROVEMENTS ON HARVESTING, SORTING, WASHING AND DRYING THEIR COFFEES”. “WITHIN MONTHS, AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS PAST HARVEST, THEY RETURNED WITH A COUPLE TONS OF COFFEE. I WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE COFFEES’ APPEARANCE BUT ALERTED THEM ABOUT THE HIGH MOISTURE CONTENT. I OFFERED THEM OPTIONS FOR BETTER SELECTION AND SUN DRYING THEIR COFFEE USING SIMPLE METHODS TO ASSESS THEIR PRODUCT WITHOUT SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT. MUCH TO MY ASTONISHMENT, WITHIN WEEKS THEY RETURNED AGAIN WITH FIVE TONS OF PERFECTLY DRIED EXTRAORDINARY COFFEE.” 

Farmers capable of producing these high quality micro lots are considered amongst the top 1 percentile in the world. Axiom's Training Programs are transforming our smallholders’ best practices and focus on quality- providing a path for them to join that top echelon.

Microlots are sold at between 2-4 times the values of conventional coffee. The Smallholder’s income increase is 125%-200%, which has a huge impact on the farmers and their families; and is key for long-lasting alliances with the trade/roasters. The improved pricing is thecatalyst of real and sustainable smallholder farms and community transformation.

 Crop To Cup Alliance:

The development of markets for these premium microlots require specialized capabilities in processing, financing, shipping, importing, warehousing and distribution. Axiom developed partnerships with specialized mills, importers, trading companies and distributors to serve the needs of those interested in purchasing these higher grade smallholder coffee.

     Crop to Cup - Sales and Distribution http://www.croptocup.com 

One of these key partners in sales/distribution of our smallholder microlots is Crop to Cup seen here working with our quality experts  Jorge De Leon and Israel Paz in developing a combined understanding and knowledge to help to promote these highly specialized coffees and the smallholder stories behind each microlot.

To read more about this collaboration....http://whencoffeespeaks.com/2015/08/04/celebrate-the-good/

 Our thanks and appreciation to Crop to Cup and these other partners who enabled Axiom to provide our smallholders with such life-transforming opportunity.

Axiom Signs First Coop in Colombia

Axiom Signs Coop in Colombia

In an alliance with Rabobank Foundation, (who provides micro-financing to smallholders), Axiom is proud to be working with our first indigenous coop in Cauca, Colombia.  Well established (since 1980) the CENCOIC organization represents 1687 smallholders. We are excited to be marketing 6-8 containers of their higher scoring coffees (SCAA ratings of 84-85's). The coffee is fully traceable to the smallholders for this years’ harvest. Axiom looks forward to a long and prosperous relationship with CENCOIC.

Crimson Cup 2015 Service Learning Trip to El Socorro, Honduras with OSU

For the third year in a row, Axiom is proud to support a service-learning trip to Honduras for students from the Ohio State University. We’ve been working with Crimson Cup and OSH in the remote mountain village of El Socorro de la Penitas since 2011, and the Friend2Farmer coffee produced by local villagers is served on the university campus.

Six students from Ohio State’s Colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Political Science, and Nursing took part in the May 2015 trip. Led by Coffee Buyer Dave Eldridge, Zia Ahmed, senior director of OSU’s Student Life Dining Services and Kathy Grant, operations manager of OSU’s Student Life Dining Services, the students learned about coffee cultivation and issues facing small coffee farmers and their communities.

 Axiom is honored to partner with Crimson Cup and Ohio State in supporting smallholder farmers with in-origin visits that make a difference in the community of El Socorro, Honduras….read more on www.crimsoncup.com

Ø Institute (IHCAFE) laboratory in San Pedro. They learned how this organization regulates the coffee industry in Honduras, promoting excellence and sustainability in coffee cultivation and processing.

Ø On day two, the group arrived in El Socorro, where they toured a smallholder coffee farm and wet mill owned by David Lopez, a local community leader who allows other local farmers to process their freshly harvested coffee cherries at his mill. In the afternoon, they helped Lopez build a solar coffee dryer. The solar dryer gives Lopez greater control of the coffee-drying process.  As a result, coffee dries more consistently.

Ø On day three, the group toured a coffee dry mill, which removes parchment from the outside of green coffee beans, sorts out defects and packages coffee for export.Met with teachers and students at the community’s Jose Cecilio del Valle elementary school, which serves over 70 students.Participated in classroom sessions and engaged students in learning activities, songs and games.They also discussed the school’s challenges in setting up a program to teach English and agreed to send materials back to the school.

Ø The final day featured a trip to the community hospital in nearby El Carrizal. To help the local community treat respiratory illnesses, the group assembled six nebulizer machines, which   administer medication as a mist inhaled into the lungs. The need for nebulizers was identified during a previous trip, and this year’s students came prepared with plans and materials provided by Engineers Beyond Borders. They also taught the local medical team how to build their own nebulizers.

 It’s exciting to see the impact of our work in El Socorro grow year by year! This year’s students brought impressive levels of knowledge and energy to El Socorro, and the community has come to trust us and believe in our commitment. This, in turn, has led to openness in our communications and planning for future projects.

 

International Coffee Convention -Mexico City

"International Coffee Convention" From Field Experience to Cup Quality
Axiom recently hosted several smallholder farmers from Oaxaca Mexico to attend the convention as part of our commitment to support the farmers in improving the quality of their coffee crops. These training sessions help our farmers produce quality coffees and compete in the international markets earning up to 40% higher premiums for the highest rated coffees. Farmers learn about the new developments and introductions of Rust-resistant coffee varietals in Mexico, and the new ways that technology can increase productivity. To learn more check out the conventions website at http://www.convencioninternacionaldelcafe.com. If you would like to support the Training Efforts for Smallholder Farmers, you can DONATE at our website below. http://www.axiomcoffeeventures.com

Women Farmers Influence Communities in Oaxaca

Women farmers have had an enormous and vital part of betterment Axiom is trying to provide smallholders and farmers. When farmers are women, research shows an additional impact on family and community including; a focus on the nutrition and educational needs of children, women’s increased self-esteem, and stronger decision-making voice in the home and community. Guillermina Gomez Jimenez is a single mother with 2 children, and when her father passed away and she took over the farm, she single-handedly was a mother and a great farmer who saved her farm and increased production 10 fold. Recently Guillermina organized 130 other smallholders from her community to start a coop so she can access greater value for her efforts in hopes of breaking out of the poverty trap and giving her children a chance for a hopeful future. Axiom applauds Jimenez and other women farmers like her, and their perseverance, and determination to transform their life and that of their children and we look forward to a long and successful partnering. 

Meet Guillermina Gomez Jimenez with Michael Sloan from Axiom

Your support will go towards helping families escape from poverty, and is greatly appreciated. You can donate at our website http://www.axiomcoffeeventures.com/social-investing/ and share if stories like this are something you would like to further support.