This Coffee Stands for Women

Bold Flavor, Empowering Impact: Introducing Guatemala El Vergel, the first of our Women in Coffee Program

The story

At Ferris, we're passionate about sourcing with intention and building long-term, sustainable relationships.

We first discovered this wonderful coffee in 2020 on an origin trip to Guatemala. Over 70 coffees were on the cupping table that day. With its extremely robust flavors and unique tasting notes, el Vergel jumped off our tastebuds and into the spotlight. Over the past three years, we've seen and heard the demand for this coffee, but we wanted to do more. El Vergel became the cornerstone and reason why we developed our Women in Coffee product line. 

As a specialty coffee roaster, we recognize the importance of supporting women in the coffee industry. We know that without the hard work and meticulously dedicated front-line workers like farmers and producers, we wouldn't be able to bring incredible coffees to you. We’re choosing to be an intentional partner by sourcing this coffee and sharing their story.

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Farmed by Women

This specialty coffee has been produced, farmed, and harvested by women. Certified as "Women Farmers Coffee" by the Trade Federation of Special Coffee of Guatemala (FECCEG), these certifications bring visibility to the hard work of women farmers and offer notoriety to the premium coffees they grow.

Traceability Matters

Enjoy knowing that this coffee is sourced directly from a small 121-acre farm in Guatemala. The farm, el Vergel, lies close to the Mexican border on the western slope of the Sierra Madre mountain range with a beautiful waterfall that runs through it.

Designed with Purpose

When we determined we would be creating a Women In Coffee product line, we wanted to elevate the coffee further by seeking out a female artist to create unique packaging that would bring the story to life. Sheyda Sebetian is a designer and illustrator born in Guatemala, who draws inspiration from feminism and the relationship between humans and nature.

"I am deeply inspired by Guatemalan indigenous women, who support their families and the local economy with their beautiful arts and crafts, and who show thoughtful consideration towards nature. I think that by being identified as a woman and being around so much nature growing up in Guatemala, it naturally shifted my work and inspired me.

I was very excited about the fact that this is a product that comes from Guatemala and from a land that is led by women. I feel incredibly grateful to have been considered for this project. Besides that, I've always wanted to design a coffee bag from Guatemala and the team at Ferris was a dream to work with!"

Sheyda Sabetian,

Graphic Designer for the Guatemala El Vergel coffee bag

"I’d say that IWCA’s greatest accomplishment has been bringing women from around the world, from one industry, together for a common goal — to strengthen the position of women in the global coffee community."

-Karen Gordon, Co-Founder of IWCA

Ferris Coffee is a proud sponsor of the International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA)

The International Women's Coffee Alliance (IWCA) is a global network of self-driven chapters focused on promoting sustainable livelihoods in their communities and united by the IWCA mission to empower women in the international coffee community. In conjuction with our dedications to support women coffee farmers by sourcing intentionally, we make an annual donation to the IWCA, who's work is vital to the continued growth and support for women around the world. 

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