Santa Martha Cafe LLC
Having grown up in the farm country of Southern Minnesota, coffee was the beverage that ended your meal with dessert. This culture of family/community formed around the family table and a cup of Joe. After leaving the comfort of family and discovering other forms of a coffee and brewing methods. Coffee came out of a can that smelt great when you opened and after a week it had that off taste. The special coffee shops were starting to show up in the Midwest. I had been known to drive one hour for a “good cup of coffee” Then life took a turn to be self-sufficient, learn how to do things ourselves. I started by ordering green coffee beans and roasting them in an old popcorn popper just for Ruth and myself, and others. I received a trip to Santa Martha Nicaragua where I met coffee farmers. My community heart grew, seeing how they live, work hard for me to have a 4.00 cup of coffee, and they have no running water. Then others started seeing the need of Santa Martha and wanting to give back by drinking coffee from the Nicaraguan region. I purchased a commercial roaster and more green beans. SMC was born. Over the past three years, there has been a growth in the coffee house to be more like micro-roasters. This has increased the demand for more regional direct trade community green coffee beans. This has driven me to be more of an importer as well as a roaster.
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My customers are individuals who want coffee roasted to what they want to drink in their homes. There are coffee shops that want green beans from a buyer who are in direct relations with the farmer. Specialty stores that sell roasted coffee in 12 oz bags, cafes and coffee houses that serve the coffee brewed indifferent methods. All have the same idea of the coffee with a purpose. I am most proud of the improvements I have seen in the Santa Martha Nicaragua community. They now have spring feed drinking water, sanitation, and we are working with them for better cooking and growing practices from our visits over three years.
What is the purpose of this loan?
I am getting 3500 pounds of coffee and in need of larger facility and equipment. The loan is needed to pay the farmer for the coffee as soon as possible. My dream is we get more and more coffee each year to grow the idea that coffee farmers need to have more income for the hard work they do. The coffee growers of Santa Martha are our friends who we visit often. We sell their coffee in order to support community development, assisting with holistic and organic growing practices, water, sanitation, applied technologies, and education. By drinking this coffee you help to improve the lives of over 100 families.
Years in operation: 3 years – 5 years
A loan of $5,000 helps Ken get more inventory so I can start selling to more locations around Omaha.