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Producer Spotlight: Seylin Jimenez Barboza

February 14, 2024 3 min read

Producer-Spotlight-Seylin-Jimenez-Barboza James Coffee Co.

Story written by Seilyn, translated by Bean Voyage

The name of our brand is made in memory of our grandparents - Albaro Abarca Herrera and Leonel Jimenez Abarca, who taught us the importance of constant, and honest work. With this learning, we started our business.

Located in the coffee farming regions of Tarrazu, the community is run economically and socially through coffee. we started our family project since 21 years ago, and spent the past 5 years focused on producing better quality, and allowing our coffee to differentiate itself in the cup. With this goal in mind in 2019, we started our micro-mill, Microbeneficio Abuelos Cafe, along with our own brand of coffee, Blue Sunrise Coffee.

Through the unsustainable economic situations that persisted, we continued to deciate in coffee production. However, we decided to do it in a way that’s more direct, and to get directly connected to the final clients, offering them better product, better quality, and guranteeing the traceability and better outcomes. Previously, we were harvesting coffee and selling them to mills in cherries form, and that’s how far we had arrived. Then, we started with a small lot of first harvest like a micro-mill. It was challenging to find clients, and we had to put a lot of work, and be patient throughout the process. With constant self-education, and training, and together, in our second year onwards, we were able to sell two micro lots. And with that, in this third year of running the mill, we are processing about 30% of our entire coffee harvest. It’s been really challenging to execute all the process involved in achieving the quality standard that we want from selecting, harvest and milling the coffees. However, we have not stopped growing, and learning each harvest to improve our work, quality and offer better product to the market.

We are a family business consisting of three people - Kamila, Emmanuel, Gustavo, Adolfo and Seilyn, who are all integeral parts of the business. The ones that are directly responsible for everything that happen at the mill level, are 100% women - the mother (Seilyn) and the daughter (Kamila).

We envision continuing to do a quality job, growing professionally and personally, and to be reaching you — our customers who are there reading this and feeling a part of this story. I can assure you that thanks to each of you buying our product, you create an unimaginable butterfly effect. You impact our lives, the people that we are with, our families and all of this not only economically, but also more holistically. Because when we achieve a better quality of life, we grow integrally.

 

Note from bean voyage team:

Seilyn’s a passionate, and really driven coffee producer! Instead of giving up on her dream to start processing their own coffee due to the economic difficulty and heavy investment that is required at the beginning of starting a micro-mill, the family started with simply processing everything natural! No machinery is needed and they have built simple raised beds to keep the quality, and it delivers. The quality of coffee has been remarkable, and consistent and we are extremely impressed with how they were able to build their brand with very small to no capital investment.

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