Blog

14 Aug 2015

A price increase on our signature product is typically not the way to thank our patrons for 20 years of loyalty.  So, needless to say the decision for a coffee price increase was not taken lightly.

Our coffees are purchased largely from small-scale Indigenous co-ops committed to organic farming, with whom we have maintained long-term relationships for several years.  The prices we negotiate with our partners come from an understanding of the quality of bean we are looking for, and the price the co-op requires to cover the costs of production, meet the needs of the farm families, and invest in their communities.  For example, the typical price per pound for fair trade organic green coffee beans is US $1.90/lb.  The average price that Just Us! pays is close to US $3.05 per pound.

We visit our producer co-ops regularly to discuss costs of production, increased costs of living, as well as other increased costs based on community projects. The reality...

21 Apr 2015
We have a big announcement to make. We’ve been working on a top-secret project for well over a year and we’re so excited to finally share the results with you! It’s been a grueling (we actually can’t believe how much hard work was involved) process that has taken great...
05 Mar 2015
Two years ago, Just Us! had no relationships in El Salvador and our partnership with Prodecoop in Nicaragua was rather distant and impersonal. Today things are different. We have now purchased 2 harvests from ACPROA in El Salvador that have gone into our Cradle of Peace and Project: Trifinio...
17 Feb 2015
In our last blog, we reported on how the San Antonio cooperative is responding to difficult circumstances by analyzing their vulnerabilities and taking concrete steps to improve.  One area of their focus is the health of their farms.  Another is the participation of women in their...
23 Jan 2015
It’s exciting to see the determination of the San Antonio cooperative in Nicaragua, even during a time when they’ve lost up to 80% of their coffee production due to the devastating fungus, Rust.  Their determination is being supported and enabled by the Just Us! Rust Recovery...
06 Jan 2015
A spirit of pride and optimism was palpable when we visited the Luis Alberto Vásquez cooperative in Nicaragua.  The members of this small co-op work collectively on one large farm and the entire community, including 40 youth, has rallied around the effort to eradicate coffee rust from...