18/07/2017

The Project

Vision

A world where the livelihoods of small holder coffee producers, workers and the communities of which they are part of are improving year by year.

 

Mission

Improving consistency and quality of coffee to be able to link producers to markets to support entire communities in an economic, social and environmental way.

 

Education as the grassroots tool

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

 

Education in three chapters:

Coffee quality in origin

Improving consistency and quality through educating about best practices in producing and processing, as well as brewing, cupping and roasting.
 

Inclusion of coffee farm workers

Including coffee farm workers in the quality set-up of a coffee farm as well as having discussions about the role of the women in communities, traditional power structures in coffee farms,…
 

Coffee farm reality

For coffee professionals in the form of a weeklong Coffee Farm Training. Get in touch if you’re interested in joining a training. And for coffee enthusiast in the form of volunteering and staying on a coffee farm.
 

Objectives:

  • Management of natural resources: This involves the preservation of forests and water, self- sufficiency through agricultural and livestock production, ecological agriculture and the recognition of human values, especially respect for quality of life.
  • Appropriate use of technologies: We strive to integrate new technologies in an economic and practical way, we seek to take advantage of resources without exhausting or destroying them; from reusable energy source to the use of all the “waste” of the farm to produce fertilizers and feed the soil. This objective also applies to the production of consistent quality coffee using technologies in soil conservation, shade regulation and the alternative use of filters for the management of the water produced during the pulping of the coffee grapes.
  • Diversification: The objective of being as self-sufficient as possible results in the diversification of crop and the inclusion of animals on the farm for more life, better health and consistent income.
  • Future proofing: By providing a more diversified income we’re future proofing a coffee farm against sudden drop in yield or quality of the harvest due to climate change. We’re not only looking to future proof the income but also the natural resources. By implementing an as-organic-possible way of working without endangering the health and productivity of the coffee plants, together with the use of alternative technologies we’re not only safeguarding the next generations from depletion of natural resources, but we’re actually building natural capital.
  • Immersion & observation: There are two kind of people: experience oriented and observing. We want both of them to have the possibility to understand what this is about. There are people interested in coffee and people who aren’t, also both of them we want to reach.
  • Platform for knowledge exchange and door-opener: Provide a dynamic platform for exchange of knowledge and experience. The target is professionals with careers related to agriculture who want to develop research related to above issues in order to promote sustainable production alternatives.

 

Some more about the wolf logo and name

As a symbol that represents our project, wolves have been long regarded by Native Americans as teachers or pathfinders. Wolves are fiercely loyal to their mates, and have a strong sense of family while maintaining individualism. 

The name: Boca de LoboBoca de Lobo logo

  • First of all, the link to Claudia’s name: Lovo – Lobo (pronunciation is the same in Spanish)
  • Second and foremost reason: ‘in bocca al lupo’ in Italian is a way of wishing somebody ’good luck’, so we translated this in Spanish as that is the language of Nicaragua

Also:

  • The literal translation: Mouth of the Wolf, we want to tell everybody about this.
  • Characteristics: The wolf is a very powerful and often misunderstood creature, next to the negative traits they are known as sociable and intelligent animals, very adaptable to change while providing a stable base.

Wolves are probably the most misunderstood of wild animals. Tales of cold-bloodedness abound, in spite of their friendly, social and intelligent traits. They are truly free spirits, even though their packs are highly organized. They seem to go out of their way to avoid a fight. One is rarely necessary when a shift in posture, a growl, or a glance gets the point across quite readily.

Traditionally, someone with Wolf Medicine has a strong sense of self, and communicates well through subtle changes in voice inflection and body movements. They often find new solutions to problems while providing stability and support that one normally associates with a family structure. Wolf’s medicine includes facing the end of one’s cycle with dignity and courage, death and rebirth, Spirit teaching, guidance in dreams and meditations, instinct linked with intelligence, social and family values, outwitting enemies, ability to pass unseen, steadfastness, skill in protection of self and family, taking advantage of change.