Where does Heine Brothers’ Coffee come from?

Heine Brothers’ Coffee is certified organic, meaning it’s grown without the use of chemicals or unnatural pest control. This creates a healthier environment for plants and the farmers as well as a more natural and delicious taste. We believe that great tasting coffee is grown naturally and in the traditional fashion- under the shade of taller trees on the steep slopes of volcanoes or on mountain foothills. You can explore where the different varieties of Heine Brothers’ coffee come from on the map below.

Central America


Dominican Republic




South America








East Timor

Dominican Republic

Trading Partner: Federacion de Caficultores de la Region Sur (FEDECARES)

Founded in 1985
7,600 families

13 provinces: Baní, Azua, San Cristóbal, Polo, La Descubierta, San José de Ocoa, Barahona, Pedernales, Juan Santiago, Los Ríos, El Cercado, Neyba and Hondo Valle.

Coffee growing altitude: 700 - 1200 meters

Harvest season: November-April


Trading Partner: Maya Vinic

Founded July 31, 1999
500 members (60-70 women)

Coffee: Arabica coffees, including varieties such as Typica, Caturra, and Mundo Novo

Coffee growing altitude: 900 and 1400 meters

Characteristics: Smooth body, balanced, with pronounced sweet, fruity flavor

Annual production: Approx 6 containers (240,000 containers)

Trading Partners: MICHIZA

Founded in 1985
1033 members, of which 321 are women (2008)
Represent 1% of Oaxaca Coffee Farmers
First international exports in 1989
Present in 43 community
Coffee is Organic Certified by NATURLAND, Germany
The english translation of Yeni Navan "Permanent Sunrise"

Crop diversification: oranges, corn, beans and sugar cane

Trading Partners: Cerro de Cintepec

Founded in 1984

Organic certification: 2003; FLO certification: 2006

Members: 351 total organic; 150 transitional (towards organic)

Location: Sierra de las Tuxtlas mountains near Catemaco, Veracruz

Elevation: 800-1000 meters above sea level

Varieties: Arabica, Bourbon, Criollo, Costa Rica Oro Azteca

Average farm size: 1-2 hectares

Agricultural diversification: peppers, avocado, citrus, guayaba, peanuts

Trading Partners: Yachil

Founded in 2001
Organic Certified in 2005
Over 800 Members in 8 municipalities
Annual Production - approximately 65 containers
All Coffee Organic Certified or in transition
Altitude of plots between 1,000 and 1,300 ft


Founded: 1992, legalized under Guatemalan law in 1998.

Membership: 400 farmers in 17 communities

Region: Southwestern Highlands San Marcos, Guatemala on the slopes of volcano Tajumulco (the highest volcano in Central America)

Coffee: Arabica, SHB Certified Organic by Mayacert-Oko Garantie Characteristics: A sweet, clean coffee offers good acidity and body in the cup.
Their annual assembly is between January and March

Trading Partner: Asociacion Chajulense

1,668 coffee farmers in 56 communities, all organic

Annual production: around 50-60 containers

Diversification projects: cardamon, honey, The Posada lodge, garment-making Founded in 1988, FLO registered

Future: improve dry mill

Trading Partner: Rio Azul

Membership: approximately 200 members (46 women members)

Region: Jacaltenango (city), Huehuetenango (department), Guatemala

Annual Production: approximately 160,000 pounds of green coffee

Founded: 1967

FLO certified: 1992, Organic Cert: 2005

Diversification: Bee-keeping that produces around 15,000 lbs of honey

Local Language: Jacaltec (Mayan descendants); often called Popti

Harvest season: May-June


Trading Partners: Cecoafen

Founded: April 29th of 1997

Region: Matagalpa, Jinotega and surrounding region

Members: 2,600 producers (of which over 700 are women)
Comprised of 12 sub-coops

Coffee: SHB Arabica, Bourbon and Caturra

Characteristics: Medium acidity, smooth light body, with a sweet mellow flavor and nutty notes.

Trading Partners: PROCOCER

Founded: 1999

Located: Nueva Segovia (northern Nicaragua)
600 member families, 100% organic farmers
Approximately 30 containers per year


Trading Partners: Fondo Paez

Members: 550 producers (of which 285 are certified Organic)

Harvest season: May to July
Approximately 8 containers annual production

Growing altitudes: 1300 - 1900 meters above sea level
FLO certified in 2005
General Assembly in March and October
Crop diversification includes sisal, beans, tropical fruits

Trading Partners: Asociacion de pequenos caficultores de Ocamonts (APCO)

Founded: 1994
Approximately 300 farming families

Crop diversification: sugar cane, plantain, corn, beans, bananas

Located: Eastern Mountain Range of Colombia


Trading Partners: Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros (CENFROCAFE)

Founded: 1999

Located: Jaen and San Ignacio, Cajamarca (Northern Peru)
Approximately 2,000 members in over 84 local organizations

Coffee growing altitude: 1,300 to 2,000 meters

Diversification projects: roasted coffee (and cafe in downtown Jaen!), agricultural training program (young "promotores" are trained to train farmers

Trading Partners: Central Piurana de Cafetaleros (CEPICAFE)

Founded: March 25, 1995

Located: Piura
Umbrella organization that represents 6600 coffee, sugar, and fruit producers grouped in 90 separate organizations in Northwestern Peru

Exported products: coffee, panela (raw brown sugar), jams, cocoa

Trading Partners: Sol y Café

Founded: March 2008

Located: Provinces of San Ignacio and Jaen, Cajamarca (Northern Peru)
Sol y café is comprised of 59 local organizations, constituted by 1019 members (2012), 10% of which are women

Coffee growing altitude: 900 to 2050 meters
85% of coffee is bourbon, typica and caturra
Other varietals include pacche, mondonovo, Bourbon, catuai, catimor

Trading Partners: CAC Pangoa
Approx. 600 members

Located: San Martin de Pangoa (450 km east of Lima; in central Amazon)

Coffee grown altitude: 1,100 - 2,000 meters

Economic diversification: cocoa, honey, roasted coffee (domestic market), ecotourism
FLO Certified since 2003
Organic certified since 2002


Trading Partner: Federacion de Caficultores Exportadores de Bolivia (FECAFEB)

Founded: 1991

Secondary-level organization that offers services such as commercialization, technical assistance, training, and financial aid to its member cooperatives
Comprised of 35 farmer-coops (21 with FLO cert, 28 with organic cert)

Varieties: 70% criolla; 30% caturra

Altitude: 1200-1800 meters above sea level


Trading Partners: Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative U

nion (OCFCU)

Founded: 1999

Members: 180,000 as of 2011
146 cooperatives; 28 FLO certified

Regions: Limu, Sidama, Yirgacheffe, Nekemte, Jimma, Neqemte/ Ghimbi, and Harrar

Trading Partners: Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU)

Founded: 2001

Members: 87,000 farmers as of 2008
45 cooperatives; 30 FLO certified

Regions: Sidama (southwest Ethiopia)

What is Cooperative Coffees?

In 1999, Heine Brothers’ Coffee became a founding member of Cooperative Coffees, Inc., a member-owned importer of fairly traded and organically grown green coffee, with six other micro-roasters in the United States and Canada. Today Cooperative Coffees, Inc. includes 24 specialty coffee roasters located across North America. Over the last decade, Co-op Coffees has imported millions of pounds of coffee – all directly from small scale farmer cooperatives.
Heine Brothers’ and Cooperative Coffees are committed to supporting and partnering with small-scale, Fair Trade coffee farmers and their exporting cooperatives. By importing directly from farmer partners, Cooperative Coffees seeks to foster a more equitable system of coffee trade that directly benefits these farmers, their families and their communities.

Since we co-founded Cooperative Coffees, we have had many opportunities to travel to meet with the farmer groups from whom we buy our coffee. We have been buying coffee from several of these groups for 10 or more years and we’ve gotten the chance to meet their families, share meals with them and learn about their lives. During these visits, we’ve learned first hand that a small company like Heine Brothers’ can make a real and positive difference in the lives of people all over the world by choosing to buy our coffee on a Fair Trade basis.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is both a social movement and alternative business model that addresses the injustice of conventional trade by ensuring that farmers and crafts people earn a fair wage for their goods. Fair Trade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and an improved standard of living for some of the world’s poorest producers. Heine Brothers’ is committed to our Fair Trade partnerships that focus on reciprocal benefits and mutual respect as we seek to create a sustainable and positive change in developing countries, as well as our own.

Heine Brothers’ Coffee is committed to Fair Trade, rather than the conventional free market, approach. Free trade allows the open, free market to determine who will succeed. The result? With no guidelines, the poor and disenfranchised often get left behind. Free trade is no where near fair for these individuals.

Coffee farmers are typically some of the poorest people on the planet. We expect them to grow the most fragrant and delicious coffee and individually pick each ripe coffee cherry by hand. In the end, they are rarely paid a living wage for these efforts.

We purposely source our coffee from small-scale producers, who rarely have access to capital and basic market information. Often these small farmers cannot directly export their coffee – and are therefore forced to deal with middlemen, also known as coyotes. Cooperative Coffees develops direct relationships with partner-producers based on fairness and an open exchange of information.

Committed to Our Community

Heine Brothers’ is a 100% fair trade & organic coffee roaster. We opened our 1st shop in October 1994 in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, KY, and now have 17 shops all in Louisville. From the beginning, Heine Brothers’ has been committed to operating responsibly and sustainably – donating to numerous community groups, recycling, being founding members of the world’s 1st fair-trade coffee buying cooperative, buying locally. Through your support we strive to do even more, while offering exceptional drinks, perfectly-roasted coffee and friendly service.

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