It’s clear the impact of social distancing has disproportionately hit roasters and their cafes, an effect we’re feeling along with all of you. We recognize this and want to reassure you we’re in this together. We believe that regardless of the challenges to come we will emerge stronger and ready to tackle the rest of the year.
Like so many other businesses around the world, we have closed our physical office space to slow the spread of COVID-19 and fight the coronavirus pandemic. Nonetheless, our operations continue here in Washington. Costa Oro, our Fife Warehouse, remains open and freight providers continue to transport agricultural goods around the US. We remain stocked with washed, certified organic, and natural-process microlots from Nayarit.
In Tepic only two cases of COVID-19 have been reported as of April 1st, 2020. Cafés Sustentables de Mexico, our Mexican sister company in Tepic, is taking precautions by working from home (where possible), canceling communal GTNay producer meetings, and implementing new cupping protocols. Each of the three QC cuppers in Mexico now use their own flights of cups to minimize contact and eliminate cross contamination.
For the 600 producer members of Grupo Terruno Nayarita, our commitment to buy every cherry from every farmer remains steadfast. Unaffected by COVID-19’s grip on the rest of the world, fruit continues to ripen and our GTNay associates continue to harvest the ripest cherries. We are a little more than halfway through the harvest and expect to have nine containers of exportable coffee come summer.
The revenue from every sale goes directly to Mexico to pay farmers for the fruit they are bringing in for the new harvest. We’ll end up sending about one million USD to Mexico over the course of this harvest and it wouldn’t be possible without your support!