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We formed Los Dos Cristianos with one mission in mind: to help the Children and Families of the coffee-producing world by paying fair prices for their coffee and ‘giving back’ a share of our profits.
Our farmers grow the top 5% of all Arabica Coffee (specialty coffee) and we import it and Roast it Fresh, just for you.
Not only do we enable you to enjoy your great-tasting brew and face your day, we enable the coffee farmers and their families to afford a better quality of life.
We help you kick start your day so they can kick start their lives. It’s time to act!
View the steps that Los Dos Cristianos takes to make sure you get the best coffee. From seed to cup.
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Coffee is a beautiful shrub. It prefers to be in shade - it grows best at altitude with well drained organic soil. Many farms that produce low quality coffee will produce high yielding, disease-resistant coffee shrubs at sea level in order to boost production and yield. This coffee is bitter and we avoid it. We focus on Coffee that is grown for quality. The complete Terroir. This varies for different regions and countries and soil types. Farmers that use Organic growing methods, 100% Arabica high altitude grown coffee typically produce the best coffee - when they focus on the earth and quality they can earn more and produce better coffee. The positive cycle continues.
This step in the process essentially takes the raw hand-picked cherry (Coffee) and prepares it for exportation and eventually Roasting. There are many steps in this process and the farms that we partner with use the best practices to ensure quality. During this process the coffee is first typically hand-picked then dried in the sun on patios - the coffee is rotated (or raked) every few hours to ensure against ruin. The beans are then "Hulled" and sorted into different quality sections. High, Medium, and Low. We select only High-Quality Coffee that scores at Least Q 80 (SCAA Approved Specialty Coffee). It is also VITAL to us that ethical production is employed with social programs and a diverse coffee leadership team. Love the Earth, Love the people, Love the Coffee.
Now the Coffee travels from Farm to our Coffee Roaster - at this point, it is a green coffee bean and often packed into burlap sacks of up to 152Lbs. Each container of coffee carries roughly 44,000Lbs of Coffee. We partner with experienced logistics and shipping companies who bring the coffee that we select from the farmers we partner with. We also partner with other exportation companies to gain access to their coffee but using our principles of quality. Coffee is often shipped in Grain Pro bags which maintain quality and freshness for longer. Once the coffee arrives we test the coffee again to ensure quality.
Each step is an art form and this is also true for the roasting phase of the coffee journey from Seed to Cup. There are many different methods for Roasting and different systems but we select the clean air roasting at 465 degrees F through the first and second crack. When you Roast coffee for long enough and at the right temperature it begins to darken and crack. The sugars in the coffee are being released and the coffee is taking on a different form when it reacts to heat. The lighter the roast the sweeter the coffee and higher caffeine content. We roast each coffee as you like it either Light, Medium or Dark.
Los Dos Cristiano’s is a US based company that imports only the best Green Coffee beans. We import quality beans from Latin America with an emphasis on Honduras. We partner with CO-OPs, exporters and importers to enable us to move shipments globally containers at a time.
We also offer localized Roasting Services of our coffee and can prepare Fresh Roasted Coffee and deliver directly within 24 hours of roasting. We are able to provide a higher quality product at a lower price and delivered freshly roasted.
Finally we operate our coffee shop in North Port, Florida where we will roast the coffee on sight for retail consumption.
We aim to source Fair Trade and where possible Organic with sustainable methods of farming. Our relationships due to the mission network, have been in place for many years with a constant and reliable supply.
We incorporated in 2015 and sponsored a Child from the Philippians for her education, healthcare, food and education. (Via Metro World Child)
In 2016 we sent money enough to pay for 1,350 meals for Children in Honduras.
In 2017 we were able to provide funding to feed roughly 1000 children and provide health care costs (through our affiliated partners) for another 1000.
In 2018 we donated to programs that fed / provided medicine to almost 1500
In 2019 were were able to:
– Sponsor 2 Children via Metro World Child
– Donate to Living 127.org (Living 127 supports 21 orphanages in Latin America)
– Donate money back to La Ceiba Mission to support a medical drive to almost 200
– Donated to local charities and organizations here in North Port, Florida.