STORIES


Blue Hill + Irving Farm | Coffee Partnership

We are proud to work with both Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns as their exclusive coffee partner. This season they're serving coffee from Nora Pillimue. Her coffee from the Huila region of Colombia is available only at Blue Hill's restaurants and Grain Bar.

Tasting Notes: 
Red Currant/ Sugar Cane/ Clove

Blue Hill at Stone Barns' world class restaurant is located on the grounds of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. In addition to the restaurant, they operate the Grain Bar where center visitors can pick up whole grain baked goods, flip through a copy of Chef Dan Barber's The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, and have our coffee. 

Our partnership with Blue Hill offers us the unique privilege of sharing our producer's stories with their staff. Mayita, from our coffee team, led a training session to pass along Nora Pillimue's story.

Nora has been a member of the Monserrate cooperative in Colombia since December 2015. She loves working with coffee, and picks and washes all of her farm's coffee with her husband and two children. When Mayita tasted Nora’s coffee during the cooperative’s seasonal competition, its delicacy and elegance paid tribute to the hard work the family puts into it and secured top honors. ⠀

We have been buying Nora’s coffee since 2016. ⠀

Local Roots | Local Farm Share Pick-Up

Live in New York City and sad about the lack of accessible farm stands? Cry no more, because you can get fresh, hyper-local, seasonal produce and meats in your own neighborhood.

Local Roots offers the option of subscribing to a season's worth of the goods along with information about the farmers you'll be buying from. A home delivery option is also available for the anti-social or over-scheduled.

Hosting a farm share pickup in our cafes offers us one more way to bring our philosophy into practice of committed partnerships with farmers producing the best products.

Local Roots hosts a happy hour every first Tuesday in our Upper East Side cafe. Chef Alejandro creates a recipe utilizing seasonal items available that day for everyone picking up to try and take a recipe card home.

Come to Happy Hour every first Tuesday
1424 3rd Ave

(Irving Farm recipe collaboration for happy hour using Local Roots produce)

Schedule your pickups here:

UES

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
1424 3rd Ave
Tuesday 5-7pm

Gramercy
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
71 Irving Place
Wednesday 5-7pm

Greenwich Village
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters
78 W. 3rd St
Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm

 

Natamaya, El Salvador | Partner Spotlight

Committed, long-term partnerships are important to us, and our partnership with Natamaya is a great example of one.

In 2012, Nena Mendez, a 5th generation El Salvadoran coffee producer, walked into our 79th st cafe and noticed a mural from the farm next to her family farm, Finca Talnamica. She invited our green buyer, Dan Streetman, to visit the farm she owns with her husband Hermann, Natamaya, on his next trip to El Salvador.

In addition to the farm, Dan also got to see the Mendez family’s passion; a place in Juayua called Canton Ojo de Agua, where they have worked with the non-profit SQ Foundation to establish a school, living accomodations, soccer fields and a medical clinic.

Natamaya is named for Nena and Hermann’s daughters, Mayita and Natalia. In the 1950s their grandparents, Alfredo and Bessita Ortiz Mancia, purchased Natamaya’s sister farm, Finca Talnamica. Mayita started with Irving Farm as a barista at the shop that Nena originally visited and now is our Strategic Partnership manager and an integral part of our coffee team. All photos in this post are from her archives.

We donate $1 from each bag of Natamaya sold to support the SQ Foundation and their work in Canton Ojo de Agua. Donate here.

 

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Platanares, Honduras | Partner Spotlight

Platanares, named for the plantain trees that shade the coffee plants, is a farm in Copan, Honduras. It is owned by Jose Francisco Villeda Torres--known affectionately as Panchito--who is one of the founding members of Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada (COCAFCAL), one of the most tightly organized co-ops in Central America.

Panchito lives on the Platanares farm, which he bought over 25 years ago, with his wife, his 4 daughters, and 3 grandchildren. He has slowly increased the size of his land from .5 manzanas to 3 manzanas (A manzana is roughly 1.7 acres). 

The autonomy of the farm and its journey from being a co-op member to trading directly is a cooperative success story. In 2011, Panchito entered a bag of coffee in the co-op’s competition and won first place. His coffee had improved 1 place per year in the competition until that year.

Since then he has grown to producing up to 30 bags a year and slowly built his micro-mill, improving it incrementally. We have bought his coffee every year since. In 2012, his trees were hit hard by leaf rust, but our green buyer committed to paying him a premium so that he could fight the rust and save his farm. The farm has made a full recovery and the quality is even better than before.

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