Committed, long-term partnerships are important to us, and the Natamaya coffee is a great example of one. In 2012, Nena Mendez walked into our 79th st cafe and noticed a mural on the wall from the farm next to her family farm, Finca Talnamica. She invited our green buyer, Dan Streetman, to visit her farm 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 for the children.
Natamaya is named for Nena and Hermann’s daughters, Mayita and Natalia, who are the fifth generation of coffee growers in El Salvador, dating back to the 1880s on Nena’s side. 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. We donate $1 from each bag of Natamaya sold to support the SQ Foundation and their work in Canton Ojo de Agua.