Our Impact

Masterful Flavor, Meaningful Change

At Westrock Coffee, our mission is to create meaningful change in the lives of coffee-farming families and connect the world through great coffee. Learn more about the steps we take every day to stay true to our mission.

About Us

Connecting the World Through Great Coffee

Meet our farmer partner, Christine, to see a real-life example of how our coffee impacts families around the world.

Meet Our Other Westrock Coffee Farmers

Just like every bean, every farmer has a unique story. Browse our gallery below to meet some of the hardworking people that our coffee can be traced back to.

Gloria Mejia

Coffee FarmerHonduras

Gloria’s farm was decimated by coffee leaf rust shortly after she took over management. She was very close to giving up on coffee after being unable to produce an exportable bag from her harvest for two years.

Gloria is the owner of a small farm called Las Palmas in the Copan region of Honduras. Gloria and her daughter undertook all of the farm work themselves after her husband severely injured his back. They had no agronomy training or experience in producing coffee which made the appearance of coffee leaf rust all the more devastating.

Gloria was introduced to Westrock associates after a trying two years. Our associates on the ground offered her training through a special agronomy project which included weekly visits from a coffee technical support team to coordinate picking at the farm. Through this program, Gloria was able to rework her farm and bring it back to life. She has since been able to raise her coffee score (based on the SCA cup scoring) and provide extra income throughout harvest for herself and her family. Now they have the skills and knowledge they need to maintain the farm and maximize its potential for seasons to come.

Tamirat Tamene Roriso

Coffee FarmerEthiopia

Tamirat grew up in a coffee-farming family. In his twenties, his family gave him the land to start his very own farm.

Initially, Tamirat grew multiple crops just like other farmers in his area. However, he quickly realized that, in order to be more sustainable, he needed to focus all of his efforts on coffee. After years of hard work, trials and tribulations, Tamirat has become a model for coffee farming success in Ethiopia.

Tamirat employs sustainable agricultural practices such as composting, weeding, pruning, planting shade trees, and water conservation. These practices ensure that he maintains quality and productivity in the future. Through his hard work and dedication, he has been able to provide food for his family and send his five children to school. Westrock purchases high-quality coffee from farmers like Tamirat who rely on this commodity to support their families.

Vestine Mukangayiboshya

Coffee FarmerRwanda

Vestine dreamed of becoming a coffee farmer since her childhood but was unable to afford the land needed to start her own farm.

Vestine is a mother of four boys and a dedicated coffee farmer. When she and her husband recognized the value that coffee would bring to their family, he worked several jobs in construction until they saved enough money to buy a plot of land.

Through Vestine’s partnership with Westrock, she now makes enough money from her coffee crop to provide food for her family and send her children to school. Today, she dreams of using her coffee income to open a retail store that will help send her sons to universities.

Salvador Castillo

Coffee FarmerPeru

Salvador was raised around coffee in the Peruvian countryside. From his teenage years onward, he worked long days to earn money in the hopes of one day buying his own land to produce coffee.

Salvador worked day and night during his early days as a farm owner. He would take the bus to and from the farm to maintain it until he could afford to hire help. The more he earned and saved, the more land he was able to acquire. Eventually, Salvador built a house where he enjoyed the privilege of living on and working the same fruitful piece of land.

Salvador is also a founder and committed member a cooperative in Jaen, Cajamarca, Peru. Membership in the cooperative helps improve the economy of family farms through transparency and shared agricultural knowledge. Westrock is proud to partner with Salvador and other Peruvian farmers to help provide fair compensation and the tools necessary to build successful businesses.

After a long and successful career growing coffee, Salvador is turning his farm into a family-run operation. His children are taking over the majority of production activities as Salvador prepares for a well-deserved retirement.

Mariana Munyurwangendo

Coffee FarmerRwanda

Mariana’s childhood interest in coffee transformed into an adulthood passion that became a primary source of income for her family.

As a child, Mariana stumbled upon a few coffee seedlings growing in the brush. She brought them home and planted them on her parent’s farm where she tended to them daily. After finding and planting more coffee trees, her parents saw this skill as a great opportunity for her and gave her a piece of land where she could start her own farm.

She moved the trees she already tended and was given more seedlings to grow. Now, Mariana has increased her farm from just a few trees to more than 470. She sells her harvests to a Westrock-financed washing station where she is paid fairly and promptly. She uses her coffee earnings to look after her family and pay for her three children to attend school.

 

Diego Jaramillo Diaz

Coffee FarmerColombia

Diego bought his first piece of land in Jardin, Colombia, using the savings he earned from years of working with his father on their family farm.

Diego established his coffee farm on his land soon after purchasing it. He immediately joined the local cooperative because he could see the advantages it offered to farmers. The cooperative provided him with agricultural training, technical support for hand-picking coffee cherries, and access to established warehouses within walking distance of local farms.

Westrock is honored to work with local cooperatives like Diego’s that ensure fair, on-time payment to every farmer they purchase from. After more than 20 years, Diego remains in Jardin with his wife and three children, where he still benefits from his association with the cooperative while continuously producing great coffee.

Meet Our Other Westrock Coffee Farmers

Gloria Mejia

Honduras

Tamirat Tamene Roriso

Ethiopia

Vestine Mukangayiboshya

Rwanda

Salvador Castillo

Peru

Mariana Munyurwangendo

Rwanda

Diego Jaramillo Diaz

Colombia