Costa Rica Social Impact Project
About The Cost Rican Coffee Industry
Coffee production and commercialization has made a large impact in the development of Costa Rican society. Since the eighteenth century, the industry had the effect of democratizing land distribution and private property, playing a role in improving quality of life for 90% of its producers – families who own their own small or medium coffee farms.
Historically, coffee has been a motor for social development in Costa Rica. Its influence may be measured in terms of jobs along the argri-food chain, which is composed of over 50,000 producer families.
Since 1993, every coffee transaction and delivery in Costa Rica is directed through the Costa Rica Coffee Institute (ICAFE), which register coffees based on international coffee market’s real base price. This is called the Liquidation Payment System. As a result, coffee producers receive around 80% of the price for each bag sold.
Costa Rica has made great strides from both a social and environmental impact on the coffee community. Their care for quality and ethical trade makes Costa Rica an ideal place to purchase green coffee.
Millcreek Coffee Roasters purchases roughly 42,000 pounds of Costa Rican coffee per year. When the opportunity to help a school in the coffee community came up, we were excited to participate. A social impact project called “La Eva Project” was created. The Coffee Source in conjunction with Santa Laura Exportadora de Café helps Millcreek Coffee administer the project of improving safety and health conditions for a small school called School Julio Ulate Gonzalez. Four percent of every pound purchased by Millcreek Coffee Roasters goes toward improving the school. We are excited to be part of this project.
Each year since 2017, we have identified areas of need in the school. This includes helping improve roofing, helping build a library, and upgrading classroom furniture and provide funding for internet access to the school. We are so happy to be a part of this program..