MORE THAN JUST A CUP OF COFFEE.
A CUP OF COFFEE IS ALWAYS
Our story with Mama Nelly's coffee almost ended as soon as it began.
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 (but 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 the huge hearts of the 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 opened to the powerful and mutually benefiting impact relationally traded coffee could have for their lives and for ours.
Today this partnership is as strong as ever. Mama Nelly’s Coffee 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 through the coffee and relationships we share today. Welcome and enjoy.