At Café Richesse one of our guidelines has always been the preservation of the environment that produces the great coffees we grow, roast, and sell . In our effort to protect the environment that surrounds our farms we have created a series of low impact farming techniques. These include the following:
- Extensive use of irrigation lines for ferti-irrigation. All nutrients that the coffee trees need are delivered using the irrigation lines already in place. This drastically reduces the use of tractor-delivered applications, eliminating air and noise pollution as well as creating a friendly environment for songbirds typical of the region.
- Organic byproducts (dried coffee shells) from our mills are used throughout the farms as organic fertilizer. When our mills process a given amount of coffee, the shells are not discarded; rather they are collected and used as mulch in the coffee rows, enriching the soil and helping its Ph balance. This in turn reduces diseases on the coffee plants.
- Preservation of natural forest on 20% of our land, and a reforestation project underway to plant mahogany and other hardwood trees, enhance the vitality of the regional fauna and flora and prevent land erosion.