Our story with Mama Nelly's coffee almost ended as soon as it started. In the spring of 2009 a farewell gift of a few pounds of unroasted coffee turned into a kitchen full of smoke and a laughable experience back in Colorado. Later that year, Zoe’s Café opened its doors and wisely decided to leave the roasting of coffee to others.
In 2011, however, things radically changed when a team of 20 eager travelers ventured from Zoe’s to a coffee farm in Villa Rica, Peru. Our abrupt introduction to coffee farming in the Amazon jungle included lots of mud, little knowledge, and being changed by huge hearts of the welcoming Quispe family. Our stories, dreams, and hearts quickly united on that trip and the foundation for lifelong relationships with Benjamin and Anita began. Our eyes were open to the powerful and mutually benefiting impact relationally traded coffee could have both for their lives and for ours. We were hooked and we were in.
Today this partnership is as strong as ever. Mama Nelly’s is named after Anita’s mother who was the foundation to the coffee farm and family. Mama Nelly passed away in September 2014 but her strong legacy lives on thru the coffee and relationships we share today. Welcome and enjoy.