Ramon Lara is a fourth generation coffee farmer from Las Vegas, Honduras that was able to successfully navigate his product into Canada. He came to Canada to pursue better education and e recently graduated from Carleton University with an Undergraduate in Environmental Sciences. He started by working with coffee roaster Poppa Bean in Vars, ON about three years ago with the goal of bringing in shipments of raw coffee from his hometown to Canada. Since first staring to work with Poppa Bean, Ramon was able to grow his shipments and better support his community in Honduras. Ramon Lara is now currently organizing the Santa Barbara Coffee Festival in his hometown.
Living on 94 Cents a Pound
Ramon will speak about the challenges of bringing Honduran coffee into Canada and the the importance of price stability and quality. He will also touch upon how selling coffee to Canadians has helped his hometown community of Las Vegas Honduras.
A portion of Ottawa Coffee Fest’s proceeds will go to supporting Birch Bark Coffee Company’s water initiative for Ontario reserves. Through the sales of its coffee, the Birch Bark Coffee Company plans to take immediate action to elevate the on-going “Boiled Water Advisories” in Ontario and help the other provinces across Canada. For every 40 bags of coffee sold, they will be able to equip one home with a water filtration unit for their home.
They have collaborated with Can-Am Wellness to purchase their certified Belkcraft Four-Stage and Six-Stage Water Filtration Systems, and plan to install them at no cost to Indigenous families and communities suffering from poor water conditions on every reserve in Ontario.
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