Distant Lands Coffee

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SUSTAINABILITY

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Distant Lands Coffee Roaster is part of a vertically integrated organization that has at its heart Hacienda La Minita, considered to be perhaps the world’s most socially conscious and environmentally sound coffee farm. This is nothing new. We have decades of history demonstrating the progressive evolution of our farming model. For example:

Environmental Resource Management

  • All weeding is done by hand – no use of herbicides or pesticides
  • Soil testing is conducted twice each year and fertilizer formulas are developed to keep the soil in proper harmony
  • 300-acre forest reserve of old growth woodlands was set aside more than 20 years ago as a nature refuge
  • We operate a residual water-treatment plant and our own hydro-electrical turbine creating renewable and nonpolluting power
  • We have developed biomass coffee drying furnaces that burn only the waste residue from the coffee fruit

Human Resource Management

  • We pay significantly higher wages than other growers. Our employees are financially rewarded for their skilled and conscientious labor
  • We have our own fully equipped dental and medical clinic
  • Although many workers have their own houses and live off of the farm, we also provide modern housing that comes with our own hydroelectric power and piped in spring water
  • We have a life-estate housing program for retiring workers who have no home of their own
  • We provide workers' children with school uniforms and annually assist the local schools with educational materials
  • We are active supporters of surrounding communities’ public works