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.
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.”
Education in three chapters:
Coffee quality in origin
Improving consistency and quality of coffee through educating about best practices in producing and processing. We also believe that producers should be able to evaluate the quality of their own coffee through cupping. Consuming quality coffee in Nicaragua is another priority as this leads to a new kind of recognition for their work, one that’s not on the other side of the world where the roasters usually are that buy their coffee. To achieve this we also provide roasting, cupping and brewing classes.
Inclusion of coffee farm workers
Including coffee farm workers in the quality set-up of a coffee farm not only gives them ownership of that quality but it earns their trust which allows us to discuss other topics like the role of the women in communities, traditional power structures in coffee farms,… Furthermore it gives us the possibility to get to know them on a deeper level, to gain insights into how their community is organized, how resilient it is and how we can work together to make ‘coffee farm work’ into a sustainable way of living for the workers too.
Coffee farm reality
A couple of times a year during harvest we provide a weeklong Coffee Farm Training for coffee professionals, this includes everything from selecting seeds for planting all the way up to milling and exporting. Get in touch if you’re interested in joining a training.
For coffee enthusiast both from Nicaragua and abroad it exists in the form of volunteering or visiting a coffee farm.
- 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 Lobo
- 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
- 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.