For the People

Sustainable coffee comes at a price, but the price is not nearly as high as the sacrifice that comes with the alternative. In order to get cheaper coffee, farms are destroying the land, underpaying their already impoverished community and sacrificing money to brokers in order to transport their coffee overseas. The Warrior Coffee initiative works to ensure that the farms have the ability and necessary resources to ensure that the coffee is sustainably grown. USDA organic certification opens the door to more lucrative markets for coffee growers and is also hard and expensive to obtain. Lycoming College will help the Warrior One coffee achieve this status.

Fair Value: How Warrior Coffee promotes higher standards of living

Warrior One is a USDA certified organic coffee. No pesticides or herbicides are used in its cultivation, and the Las Lajas farmers are paid above fair trade price for their coffee, as ensured through the C2C program, which means that they are paid a living wage for their product. It ensures also that the farms have the means to maintain their land properly and implement necessary upgrades… Read More

Case study: How the Warrior Coffee project helps the people of the Las Lajas collective in Costa Rica, who grow Warrior One coffee

Producing high quality coffee sustainably is more costly than using industrial farming methods prevalent worldwide, but in the long run, there are convincing economic arguments for sustainable farming of coffee, and the environmental benefits are huge… Read More

Case study: Agricultural and infrastructure improvements in El Naranjito

The people of El Naranjito, a remote village in the Dominican Republic, still cook on three-rock stoves and have no running water. "It's very, very poor," said Caroline Payne, assistant professor of political science. "Once you see it you can't un-see it, and it led me to question the system, and explore being an active part of the solution."… Read More