Underground Coffee

Interrupting Mass Incarceration. One Cup At A Time.

The official homepage for Underground Coffee in Skagit Valley, WA. Employing the formerly incarcerated. Farm direct with Honduras. 

Farm Direct: Honduras

We grew from the bottom up.

Our single-origin, direct-trade relationship began with Tierra Nueva community agricultural promoters in Honduras growing excellent coffee. They then looked north to Tierra Nueva jail chaplains in Northwest Washington State for roasting connections.  

Since 1981, Tierra Nueva has been working with the poorest peasant farmers in the wild-west mountains of Honduras, teaching sustainable agriculture, soil conservation, and working pastorally with the most outcasted families in villages surrounding Minas de Oro. 

Today, Honduras (after El Salvador) is the second most violent country in the world. More than Iraq and Syria. This social and economic instability, with a history of governmental decay, is pushing a generation of Central Americans to migrate north to the United States looking for undocumented work.

Mass immigration from such conditions then fuels the U.S. underground economy. It creates a dislocated generation, leading to broken homes both in the U.S. and Central America.

Tierra Nueva believes in developing agricultural hope in the poorest regions where families can stay and thrive

Vision

Tierra Nueva's premium coffee farm, crowning Altamira's high-altitude peak, seeks to go beyond supporting the Tierra Nueva outreach workers, and:

  • be a model farm and wet mill for the Altamira region

  • deveop a patio drying cooperative and education center in Minas de Oro
  • bridge small producers to high quality processing and exporting
  • employ families from the most impoverished and violence-affected town of Mal Paso

Immediate Needs

  • 10-Ton Truck for workforce and coffee transport
  • New Tierra Nueva building in Minas de Oro for drying patio cooperative and educational center

Origin Notes

Region: Altamira (Victoria, District of Yoro)

Altitude: 1470 meters 

Climate:  temperate, tropical

Tree Varieties: lempira, noventa

Shade Varieties: guama, banana, guayquil

Soil: Acidic

Processing Method: fully washed, solar dried, on site

Harvest season: December - February

Flavor Profile: when medium-roasted, promotes cocoa and caramel flavors with a delicate citrus finish

Organic status:  In transition

Employees: 5 year-round, 45 harvest season

 

 

Ángel David Calix, co-founder with Bob and Gracie Ekblad, is still the outlier pastor and Tierra Nueva general director leading the larger mission and coffee farm amidst a nation in transition.

Ángel David Calix, co-founder with Bob and Gracie Ekblad, is still the outlier pastor and Tierra Nueva general director leading the larger mission and coffee farm amidst a nation in transition.