We are proud to grow our coffee on six beautiful, bio-diverse coffee farms. We have three in Panama and three in Mexico, with four new farm purchases planned. In total, we currently have about 900 hectares of land. About 600 is mixed shade grown coffee planting, and about 300 preserved native forests.
Interestingly, the fact that we are growing our own coffee on bio-diverse, shade coffee farms makes us a carbon negative company (per an audit we had of our carbon footprint in 2007). So if you've been shopping locally to avoid carbon emissions, you can feel good knowing your Rogers coffee is actually improving carbon conditions in the atmosphere. Click here to read more about our negative carbon footprint.
Finca Santa Barbara - Our 1st Farm in Panama
In 1999, we made a commitment to our longstanding philosophy blending sustainable coffee cultivation and social responsibility. In the Boquete region of Panama, we purchased 105 acres of property that was used to graze cattle for the past 80 years, and renamed it Finca Santa Barbara (after Rogers Family Company, co-founder, Barbara Rogers).
Although we faced a landscape stripped bare of almost all plants, we refurbished the soil using rich compost created via vermiculture (worm composting), planted 82,200 coffee trees, and produced our first harvest in 2003.
We also reforested at least five hectares of the property with native trees that once flourished before the cattle arrived almost a century ago. Together with our farm's small area of surviving old growth forest, these new trees add up to 25 acres of original habitat to be preserved forever in a natural state. Interestingly, the local village of Jaramillo reported to us that their supply of clean spring water reemerged where previously it was dried up.
Our Coffee Farms in Panama
- Finca Santa Barbara: this was the first proof to us that a parcel reclaimed from barren fields can be made over into its original rainforest, grow great quality trees, and yield a superb coffee. Indeed, now many government and agricultural education groups are touring the farm to learn more about how, according to the World Bank, "When grown properly, coffee is one of the rare human industries that can actually restore the Earth’s health."
- Finca Las Brujas: meaning, "The Witches." The Las Brujas farm is 15 hectares, three hectares of organic tea, and two hectares of experimental products such as exotic spices for our tea products.
- Finca Santa Maria: Finca Santa Maria is a large 300-acre farm, and we are in the process of making improvement throughout the farm from both an agricultural as well as social/economic development standpoint. It's in the Boquete region of Panama.
Our Coffee Farms in Mexico
- Rancho Quilco: we recently purchased this 150-hectare farm located in Chiapas, Mexico. It's in an area called, "Sinai" where we also built a school in partnership with Costco in Mexico through our innovative Community Aid program. This is the farm where we'll be planting the first trees in our "100-Year Tree Planting" Program.
- Rancho La Paz: this is a 400-acre farm in the beautiful area of Chiapas, Mexico.
- Finca Peru Paris: this is a 500-acre farm - also in Chiapas.