About Café La Aurora - Who we are
Our Company is family owned and is composed of nature loving individuals that strive to protect the environment and help local coffee farmers grow their business. Part of our proceeds go to protect the Arlequin Butterfly, (photo on left) a local endangered butterfly that is being protected. The butterflys' habitat lies in the lands and rainforest where Café La Aurora is cultivated. All of the beans from Café La Aurora come from the same farm in our island. There is nothing added to it and the farmer does not mix his beans with any low quality beans. This ensures you are getting top quality Coffee delivered to your door. Café La Aurora is 100% Super Premium Coffee!
The Farm that cultivates Café La Aurora beans began cultivating coffee beans since 1918 and hasn't stopped ever since. The remains of the original house where the family lived in all those years is still there! Nothing much has changed since that time. The place where the beans used to dry in the sun are still also there. The matriarch of the family was picking coffee one day when she suddently realized that she was about to give birth and that she did not have time to go to the house, so she gave birth on one of those coffee drying tables.
Three generations are living in the farm today, the son of the first farmers (the one that was born in the coffee drying table) just retired from running the farm. His son, who graduated from the school of agriculture, took over but his 12 year old son (the grandson) knows as much as his father or more! He wants to be a Barista, which is a coffee expert. It is marvelous to hear the stories of this family.
To enter this farm is to embark in a magical journey. The soil is red as a brick and the roads around the farm are not paved and the only way to get there is by walking or in a 4 x 4 jeep. If you see clouds close by, you better stop picking berries or you might not be able to return to civilization for a while! If it rains, the roads become slippery and no car or human being can get out of there without help. You might end up slipping your way down to the creek at the bottom of the hill! Yes, because our coffee trees grow on steep hills. Coffee pickers are used to working on this slippery terrain but for inexperienced people like me, it is a challenge. I always thank the orange, plaintain and banana trees that provide shade to the coffee trees, because they are always there to stop my fall down the hill.
Coffee Picking Process
Coffee Pickers start at dawn, meaning at "La Aurora", stopping only to take a coffee break and lunch right there where they are working. They quickly fill their baskets several times a day. At 1:30 pm they head back to get their berries weighed and the farmer writes down in his notebook how much was paid for the day. There are no computers involved, only paper and pencil and your brain. The scale is a very old one that still works. That is why coming here is like a trip to the past.
During the picking season (coffee berries are ready for harvest from late July through November ), you can see the pickers walking with their baskets alongside the road to the farms. They are special people who love the soil and what it produces. It is the solitude of the coffee farm and their closeness to the sky above (coffee grows in high alitudes) that makes them better people that feel gratitude and blessed for the land that allowed the coffee to grow.