Kathia Zamora is a mother of two, and a leader for other women coffee growers and professionals in Costa Rica. She has been managing her parent’s family farm for the past 20 years and is continuing a strong legacy of coffee growing deeply-embedded in her family history (4 generations and counting). We got connected with Kathia’s work through Marianella Baez Jost, who gathered a collective (Farmers’ Project) of friends and neighbors passionate about growing coffee but want more than a transaction-focused industry solely focused on the consumer. Through collective effort and communal strength, they are able to send their coffees overseas and to carefully select who they work with – those with aligning passions and values. (They intentionally don’t work with importers, which is a bold move).
We’re stoked to be welcomed into their family and to discover what “direct-trade” really means together. We hope to continue working with Kathia and the Farmers’ Project for a long time, try more of their coffees, and maybe even make a trip to Costa Rica one day. (?!)