San Lazaro Coffee is committed to our quadruple bottom line:
San Lázaro Coffee grows in the volcanic soil of the La Botija Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and southern Honduras' primary coffee region-resulting in a unique smooth flavor and bright crips aroma with a long tradition. For centuries, women would pick this specialty grade coffee yet be paid only a fraction of what men made. Eager to provide for their families, they would take what they could get. That is, until the San Lazaro Coffee farm was established in 2006.
While our goal is to make the highest quality coffee we can, our passion is to empower women through employment. So today, we pay our workers thrive-able wages - wages that bring their dreams within reach, and led by our female farm manager, these women pour all the knowledge they've gained during a lifetime on coffee farms into each unforgettable cup.
We want to make sure that the coffee we grow is free of dangerous contaminants. And in doing so that our employees are not exposed to them as well.
We also want to do our part to steward well the piece of the planet that God has entrusted us with. We are honored that our farm is home to the source of the Rio Coco Segovia, arguably the most important river of Central America.
We are NOT certified organic and we're transparent about this fact in an industry that is often times not. The devastation of the invasive leaf rust is real and unfortunately there are no reliable organic treatments.
Our compensation commitment to our woman managed and women operated farm is evidenced by our compensation being nearly double established Fair Trade wage levels.
With this reality in 2020 we made the decision to not continue with Fair Trade certification, choosing rather to share the cost related to the certification.
We process, export, and warehouse our own coffee. Without middlemen or brokers involved we are able to guarantee that more profits go directly back to the community where our coffee comes from.