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In a world of fair-trade and ethical coffee, one Vancouver company takes a unique approach to growing its coffee … family.
Since the 1890s, the Carvalho Dias family has been growing Arabica coffee beans on their family farm in Brazil and for five generations have carried on the family tradition of not just growing award-winning coffee, but also operating a farm with the utmost respect for the environment and their employees. In 2009, Cristina Dias founded Mogiana Coffee and began selling her family’s coffee in Vancouver.
Mogiana Coffee is a truly handcrafted single-origin coffee made from a rare type of Arabica bean: the Bourbon Coffee, which is characterized by its full body, profound aroma and smooth finish. The family was awarded the honour of Best Coffee in Brazil in 2004 at the prestigious Cup of Excellence, and is the only family in Brazil to have been a finalist in the competition every year since its inception – demonstrating a commitment to quality, year after year.
But the family believes that much more goes into a good cup of coffee than the best beans – it involves a healthy dose of humanity and social responsibility.
Their ecological commitment includes handpicking beans, which reduces CO2 emissions, treating all wastewater, generating their own hydropower and maintaining the existing native forests. And as responsible employers, they ensure a high standard of living and wage that goes well above the industry average for all of their employees. In fact, today nearly 50 families live on the farm in a self-sufficient community that includes housing, a school, a chapel, a hospital and even a full-size soccer field!
For Mogiana, being fair and ethical isn’t a label, it’s family tradition.
Mogiana Coffee is now available in Vancouver, family direct, at the following locations:
Capers Market – 1675 Robson Street
Capers Market – 2285 West 4th Avenue
Meinhardt – 3002 Granville Street
Meinhardt – 3151 Arbutus Street
Whole Foods Market -510 West 8th Avenue
Quesos – 4129 Main Street
Famous Foods -1595 Kingsway
Drive Organics – 1045 Commercial Drive
The Market at Papi’s – 12251 No. 1 Road
Espressotec – 12120 Vulcan Way
Whole Foods Market – 925 Main Street
Cornerstore – 1096 West 22nd Street
Queeensdale Market – 3030 Lonsdale Ave
Cheesecake Etc. – 2141 Granville Street
Cinch Café – 1517 Robson Street
Papi’s Restaurant – 12251 No. 1 Road (Richmond)
The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch) – 1895 Venables Street