Partners and Farms

Where Sentinel Coffee is from and where to get it

Partners:

We are blessed with a great community here in Juneau, and we are proud to highlight those that have been particularly helpful and supportive in our quest for great coffee and great living. Sentinel Coffee can be purchased directly from our Juneau partners:



Rainbow Foods
is a warm, friendly place that our roastery calls home. You can buy our coffee there and many more natural products for healthy and enjoyable living. Please visit them at 224 4th Street, downtown. You can Also find our coffee served by-



Coppa
provides Juneau with brilliant hand-crafted ice cream, Sentinel coffee, tea, soup and baked goods at the corner of 9th and Glacier in the Flats next to Juneau's Federal Building.



Pie in the Sky Bakery and Cafe
is the place in Juneau for amazing scratch-baked pies, quiches, sweet and savory pastries, treats, desserts, and an array of amazing drinks including locally-roasted Sentinel Coffee. Find it all downtown on Seward Street by The Canvas.



GonZo AK
-where the wild waffles wander- Located in the heart of Auke Bay near Chan's Thai.


Farms:

Knowing where food comes from is important. We strive to do business only with farms that are responsible both socially and environmentally. Here are the origin stories of a few of our coffees (click to show/hide):

 

-100% Grown in the USA Hawaiian Coffee...

Wailea Estates: (From Juneauites that also farm coffee on the Big Island.) Wailea Estate Coffee from the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii. Wailea Estate Coffee is home grown, and hand harvested from the Hamakua Coast of Hawaii. This family-owned and -operated farm practices a polyculture system, making all of their products 100% sustainable. The weather and rainfall of the Hamakua coast create a perfect environment for growing tropical fruits, including coffee! The farm is 100% off the grid and the sun supplies all the energy through solar power. Using state-of-the-art agricultural stewardship, they employ soil and water conservation practices to ensure that the land is cared for and their products are fresh and wholesome.


Lyman Estates: Lyman Estates Certified Organic Kona Coffee: completely Natural and pesticide free. The growers' eight acre Kona Coffee family farm was started "from scratch," out of the jungle. The beans are completely herbicide and pesticide free. The growers use no synthetic inputs, nothing made from petro-chemicals. Since starting in 2003, they have applied only 100% organic practices. Their product is the Real Kona Thing: a multiple award-winning Kona Coffee that carries the unique stamp of the Kona region of the Big Island of Hawaii - delicate yet flavorful with a rich aroma, and famous among coffee connoisseurs throughout the world. The sell ONLY Farm Direct -- no warehousing. Fresh, fresh, good, good.


 

-Terruno Nayarita (Mexico)...

Over 260 growers farming 650 hectares, in one integradora alone (an integradora...integrator...is an organization of cooperatives). Nearly all of these cooperative growers are clustered around an extinct volcano, Cerro San Juan, located immediately to the west of Tepic, the capital of Nayarit, which imparts its special characteristics of soil type and microclimate to our bright, floral and citrusy coffee.


Message from the exporter: "Small-holders are a major source of coffee in Mexico, Latin American countries, and all regions lying between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Since coffee is a commodity second only to oil, small-holder farms cover a significant amount of environmentally sensitive land and small-holder farming practices are important contributors to biodiversity and habitat on a global scale. Unfortunately, there are large numbers of small-holders who do not have the educational or financial resources to earn consistent incomes from a commodity whose price is set by a worldwide auction system that is in the short term poorly connected to the quality of the product and completely disconnected from the cost of its production. Small-holders have few resources; they are at the far end of a chain of commercialization which favors those with the resources of large producers and large corporations. This does not lead to sustainability.


It was our preoccupation with environmental and economic sustainability (not to mention a good cup of coffee) that lead us to work with small-holder coffee producers in Mexico. We theorized that quality would be rewarded in the marketplace; thus we had to sell a portion of the harvest outside of the traditional commodity market and into an alternative market that specifically sought high quality coffee to enhance its market share. We began to help the growers to improve their coffee by rewarding quality, and we used premiums from the sale of the best coffee into the "specialty" market to compensate the costs of educating the producers and the increases in the cost of production that were the result of our quality program.


Over the past eight years we showed that our "quality" model significantly increased the income of the growers with whom we worked. We also showed that "quality" is an easily recognized point of agreement that we have been able to use to organize groups of interested growers. Our experience has been that the association of quality with a premium that directly and immediately affects one's income is more easily accepted by small-holders than is the association of stainability/responsibility with their long term incomes. Also, we have found that once small-holders are organized, they begin to enter the modern world and they better accept more advanced concepts like sustainability and social and environmental responsibility.


Perhaps one of our greatest strengths is our vertically integrated corporate structure with its strong roots in Nayarit, Mexico, where we have been working for more than 10 years to help growers to raise income through quality premiums. Our Mexican affiliate, Cafes Sustentables de Mexico, S.A. De C.V. (CSM), has its own dry mill and offers education, quality control and coffee processing services to the cooperatives with whom we work. CSM certifies the coffee quality of every bag that is exported."

 

-Honduran Fair Trade Organic Certified COCAFCAL...

Situated just above the town of Corquin in the department of Copan, Honduras, the community of Las Capucas is home to one of the most progressive coffee cooperatives in the country: COCAFCAL.


COCAFCAL’s Las Capucas coffee is characterized by an aroma of honeysuckle and maple, sparkling green apple acidity, very light, crisp mouthfeel and a finish of baker's chocolate. We're looking forward to seeing the flavors of this unique coffee become even richer and more refined as our relationship with the producers of Las Capucas develops in the years to come.


 

-Bolivian Fair Trade Organic Certified CENAPROC...

This collective is situated in the Caranavi region of southwest Bolivia. It was founded in 1992 and now has 171 members farming coffee on 1,185 hectares of land that is primarily forested. Three colonies formed the original cooperative: Nueva Llusta, Nueva Cannan, and Libertador. Since then, an additional five colonies (or small groups of growers) have joined CENAPROC. Each colony is independently run, but depends on CENAPROC for larger-scale coordination and commercialization of their coffee. They now process and dry their coffee before it is transported over the Andes to La Paz and onto ships in the ports of Peru. This has significantly improved the quality of the beans because they are already dry prior to the long journey. CENAPROC lots have won several Bolivian cupping competitions and regularly place in the highest rankings of other competitive events.


An extremely well-balanced and rounded cup of coffee. Dutch chocolate, tamarind and fruity.


 

-Guatemalan Fair Trade Organic Huehuetenango CODECH.....

Huehuetenango is at the foot of the Cuchumatanes, the highest non­volcanic mountain range in Central America. There are currents of hot air that sweep up from Mexico’s Tehuantepec plain and cross paths with cool air descending from the Cuchumatanes Mountains. This region is thus protected from frost, allowing the coffee to be cultivated up to 2,000 meters.


CODECH, or the Coordinator of Organizations for the Development of Concepcion Huista, is an innovative, small cooperative in remote Huehuetenango that produces highly sought after, stunningly sweet, fruity and floral coffee that exemplifies the best of small­scale Guatemalan coffees. The cooperative is based in Concepcion Huista, a town about an hour’s drive up the mountain road from Jacaltenango, the closest small city.


The farmers here largely intercrop their coffee with corn and shade trees to improve biodiversity, manage exposure to sunlight and as alternative food and cash crops.