Primavera Coffee Importers
We’d like to introduce you to our coffee partner, Nadine Rasch. The founder and Director of Primavera Coffee, Nadine is a force of nature and fourth generation coffee producer (her and her Father Christian Rasch own the magnificent Finca El Hato). She’s been working tirelessly for many years to provide Roasters with a clear and transparent path to work directly with coffee producers in Guatemala and help build long lasting alliances – including ourselves!
Primavera Coffee and sister company La Central de Café, are our allies in Guatemala who represent over 200 coffee producers and have created a collaborative network with a foundation built on equity, transparency and quality.
Nadine was born and raised in Guatemala where she grew up on her family’s coffee farm before hitching a ride to the UK to study and work in the Finance sector….coming full circle back to coffee in 2012. She saw the true potential of specialty coffee to drive some positive and systemic change and launched Primavera a year later (then called Third Wave Coffee Source Ltd) with the sole purpose of connecting the best coffees from Guatemala to roasters in Europe.
La Central de Café followed in 2016 set up specifically as a coffee milling and export operation for Primavera, a complete vertically integrated company! This also opened up great opportunities to connect with Roasters in other parts of the world, including Five Senses Coffee in Australia.
Coffee: Finca El Tanque, Guatemala
“My entire family is dedicated to farming coffee, but three years ago we realized that they were focused on growing low-quality coffees, meaning that our prices were low and we were earning very little profit. Seeing this problem, I began to innovate and attend trainings to learn more about focusing on quality coffee. This new experience has helped us as a family, which is why we’re enthusiastic about improving our quality.”
Beyond the Cup
While we certainly appreciate the great coffee that this relationship provides us, what makes it even more special is the work these folk do beyond the cup; in particular Primavera’s passion for sustainability and transparency.
Primavera Coffee are proud participants in Specialty Coffee Transaction guide, in which we also contributed to. This international project by researchers at Emory University (Atlanta, US) combines data from producers, roasters, importers and exporters to find out what people are paying for coffee around the world and helps provide contextual information for green coffee sellers and buyers to use.
Primavera Coffee understand that farms need to work in harmony with the environment for great results in the cup as well as long term ecosystem sustainability. To help farmers with this, they provide information and workshop on topics such as sustainable farming practices, efficient water usage, waste water processing and organic composting with coffee pulp and worms.
Covid Farmer Relief Fund
Embedded in the Guatemalan producing community, Primavera have been closely aware of the challenges posed by COVID and have launched a Farmer Relief Fund, raising money to donate food parcels for affected families. Check out this awesome initiative and send some money in support.