As our vision for the Connected Coffee experience continues to grow and expand, we’d like to take a moment to reflect back on our some of our biggest values. When Briggo was founded, creating opportunities from farm to cup quickly became one of the main pillars of our company’s culture and focus. Therefore, we are excited to announce that for the second year in a row, Briggo is donating 10 cents of every cup sold in the month of February to support The Del Fuego Project’s second annual Coffee Quality Summit. The Summit is focused on continued education and recognition of smallholder coffee farmers affected by volcanic eruptions, drought, coffee diseases, low prices, migration and conflict in San Pedro Yepocapa, Guatemala.
Coffee plantations provide the main source of income to the communities in Yepocapa. The region is located at the base of the Del Fuego Volcano and was drastically affected by the eruptions, that occurred in February and June of 2019. Our good friend, Dr. Taya Brown, has spent countless hours studying this region as part of her Ph.D. research at Texas A&M University within the Center for Coffee Research and Education. Our founder, Chas Studor was fortunate enough to accompany her on a visit to Yepocapa in December of 2017, where he was introduced to some of the coffee farmers and got a first-hand look at their triumphs and tribulations (Learn more about our founders’ trip to Yepocapa). Fast forward to now, we continue to pledge our support to the communities of Yepocapa by supporting The Del Fuego Project’s initiatives to find long-term solutions to the chronic low profitability and lack of economic security experienced by these farmers.
We invite our friends, family, partners, clients, and customers to join us in not only aiding but empowering the resilient people of Yepocapa and we thank you in advance for your support of these efforts.
How can you help? We’re glad you asked.
A MESSAGE FROM CHAS & TAYA
“I was fortunate enough to have Taya Brown introduce me to many farmers in Yepocapa during my origin trip in December 2017. The farmers explained some of the challenges they face to grow coffee and get it to market.
As Taya and I talked after the volcano eruption, it became clear that her specific knowledge of their needs and her passion to help the farmers created the perfect opportunity for Briggo’s first origin initiative. This is just one element of “Connected Coffee”. The whole company is excited about this effort, and I invite you to join us in supporting Taya’s critical work.” – Briggo founder & CTO, Chas Studor
“When Chas came to visit us in 2017, he got to see the farmers’ hard work and integrity first hand. Introducing him to the region was a rewarding experience for everyone which we hoped to build on. When the volcano erupted he was one of the first to ask how the farmers were doing and what he could do to help. I am so excited to now be working together with Chas and the Briggo Team, to bring needed resources to the farmers as they navigate this year’s low prices and lost production, and to aim for more stability in future years.
The world needs good coffee and these farmers love to produce it. With support from Briggo and others with the same dedication to quality coffee and quality of life for those who produce it, we can truly make a lasting difference that will help preserve the future of coffee.” – The Del Fuego Project Founder, Dr. Taya Brown