noun wa·ter·shed \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌshed , ˈwä- \
1: a crucial dividing point, line, or factor : turning point
2: a region or area bounded peripherally by a divide and draining ultimately to a particular watercourse or body of water
noun nex·us \ ˈnek-səs \
1: connection, link
2: a connected group or series
3: center, focus
Our Coffee Partnership Nexus is water; so critically important that we may end up changing our company mission entirely to focus on water-security exclusively and indefinitely. For the moment, and with all humility, water is where we begin.
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"In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.
Our governments have a plan to save our planet…it’s our job to make sure they stick to it.
The Global Goals are only going to work if we fight for them and you can’t fight for your rights if you don’t know what they are. We believe the Goals are only going to be completed if we can make them famous."
In 2018, Coffee Unified's trading Nexus is committed to SDG's goal #6 - clean water and sanitation - at origin.
" Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth... these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all. "
8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Our coffee experience spans over 20 years and earnestly began as a green coffee trader for one of the first 100% sustainable coffee importers in the United States. It was a time well before the USDA National Organic Program and included long phone calls explaining farm gate traceability and deep sustainably.
Roots grew within a then small crew of micro roasters highly focused on quality and direct relationships. Business evolution led to opportunity and the chance to scale social and environmental impact by trading coffee for one of the largest trade houses in the world...
A highly specialized skill set developed over decades provides Coffee Unified with a uniquely progressive perspective that equally benefits growers, roasters, and NGO’s alike.
Our mission is to fortify coffee landscapes and surrounding communities by amplifying the weakest signals of critical need pinging our radar. This could be a question of human or environmental need on a local or regional scale.
The loudest voices in a community tend to be those that advocate for reasons beyond themselves. Coffee Unified partners with these champions and provides the professional experience to organize and deliver their coffee story with pride, globally.
We trade traceable coffee for farmers who are keystone to conservation efforts within a given area; the coffees proudly range from commercial specialty to world class micro-lots and everything in between.
We don't believe in "cherry picking."
Coffee is an agriculture crop that grows at the mercy of an ever volatile environment. As such, even the best farmers deal with quality fluctuations year over year and even within the same harvest; it's a good thing that there's a home for everything. We partner with roasters who see value in cup diversity and a more holistic vision for the true potentiality of our global product.
CEO / Founder
Coffee Unified, Inc.
CQI Licensed Q Grader
CQI Level 2 Professional Coffee Processor
It's not just a pretty picture.
A UNIFIED coffee market is a collaborative market built on resilient and trusted relationships. That's the community that we water and grow.
Coffee farmers play a critical role for the success and broad range sustainability of entire regions and giant communities of people. They, like we, are one piece in a bigger puzzle.
Sometimes, after all of the technical assistance and capacity building, growers are nevertheless left to sell their coffee into conventional commodity market streams; this can call the entire effort into question and hinder very important local, regional, and national sustainability initiatives at origin.
This weak and broken point in the market is the exact Nexus where Coffee Unified takes both aim and action. We co-create community solution by unifying collective supply partnerships with roaster groups, farmers, and NGO's who are equally driven to support the capable and revolutionary hero in our story - coffee.
Coffee is a hero crop and has a deeper role to play in geographical stability. Coffee Unified's Partnership NEXUS is Water, so, in some way or another the below offers support improved water security and watershed governance. They are a range of qualities that all serve the same purpose, and the details of the "how" are outlined if you drill further into the offer...
FARMER or COOP
In and of itself, buying direct shouldn't be a "cherry picking" exercise if any part of the point is to promote a sustainable industry to end consumers. That's one opinion, but we will leave the decisions and the work up to you. We allow partner farmers to offering and promote themselves directly through our site. We then organize contracts, logistics, and financing. If you find and buy your coffee here, we ask that you respect that fact and never take it elsewhere.
We often come across individuals and projects that do really important work for people, planet, and coffee. In terms of the"why" and the "how," these heroes are the best ones to share on the work that they do. The Hero Crop Alliance is a platform to spotlight this work and serves to facilitate dialog, trade, and delivery in Unified cause. Together we are stronger. A UNIFIED marketplace supported by progressive, evolutionary, likeminded buyers and sellers is core to industry progress and long term viability. Applications to the marketplace can be found here and are reviewed quarterly.
Hero Crop Alliance
These are profile driven staples that are traded "traditionally." We aren't going to deny the opportunity to dialog and potentially evolve these conventional supply lines for impact. A foot in the door can be a step towards more Unified impact. 2 cents of every "Bread and Butter" pound sold go into a fund that support our partnership Nexus for the given year. At the end of the year a single and simple vote is taken buy all program buyers as to which project will be funded with the fund proceeds. In the following calendar year a report of traceable funds from each purchase will be provided back to the roaster. These coffees are traded in multiples of 5 and in delivery spreads of 3 months minimum.
Bread and Butter
Sensory skills cannot be understated and neither can the knowledge of factors that lead to certains cup attributes. Work with farmers and certified Q processing professionals to co-create the coffee you sell.
access to the cupping corner
Commit to annual volumes
Support your supply partnerships by through community involvement
Access to Coffee Unifieds cujpping lab
Work with farmer directly
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1543 Sloat Blvd # 320134
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
TEL: 415.799.8482 | trading at coffeeunified dot com