Coffee is a big deal.

First domesticated in the highlands of Ethiopia, coffee has traversed the world’s tropical regions, giving rise to “coffee forests.” For more than two hundred years, coffee has been grown and exported from the Americas, building nations and even brewing revolutions. Today, coffee is the most valuable internationally traded commodity after oil. It is big business. But, coffee-growing is also a livelihood for millions of small-scale farmers including the 48 families of the El Porvenir Cooperative.

Who’s Involved?

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Farmers

El Porvenir is a cooperative is a of families that grow and harvest the coffee near Leon, Nicaragua.

Roasters

19 Coffee, located in Washington, PA roasts El Porvenir beans.

Retail Partners & Local Volunteers

Our Pittsburgh team with the help of volunteers packs, distributes, and serves El Porvenir coffee.

You

There’s no supply without demand! You make this process possible.

The soil of El Porvenir

Coffee begins with the people who grow and harvest it! The El Porvenir Cooperative is nestled on the side of a verdant mountain outside of Leon, Nicaragua. Not more than 300 people, the community collectively owns the land they farm and live on. Together, the community owns but a single vehicle-a 1970s Ford tractor that brings not only members of the community up the mountain, but also shuttles the fresh green unroasted coffee beans down the mountain on its first leg of a long journey to Pittsburgh. The community believes its social cohesion (members of El Porvenir are former Sandinistas, Contra and Somoza supporters), as well as preserving their natural environment. El Porvenir coffee is unique in its shade-roasted, bird-friendly, wholly-organic process. With no electricity, no running water, and no internet – we think El Porvenir does a mighty fine job producing a world-class end product.

Learn More About El Porvenir

    • Situated in close proximity to Telica volcano, the growers enrich the volcanic soils with organic fertilizers made on-site.

    • They tend to the coffee plants, which grow under the shade of plantains and a variety of trees, until they bear ripe “cherries” in the months of November and December.

  • The co-op families, aided by hired-labor, intensively harvest, process, and hand-select the coffee “beans” that are bagged and hauled down a steep, winding road via tractor. From there, the coffee travels to a port where it awaits shipment to the United States.

Roasting at 19 Coffee

Proprietor David D’Iorio and roaster Jack Thearle of 19 Coffee in Washington, PA have years of experience in coffee and organic foods. They are committed to providing high-quality coffees and to paying farmers a fair price. This is what we mean by fresh, locally roasted coffee.

  • Once the coffee beans arrive in Pittsburgh (usually in April), 19 Coffee stores…
  • Roasts…
  • Packages, and delivers the coffee to order.