Environmental & Social Ethics
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Espresso Vivace is a family owned business, founded in 1988 by the husband and
wife team of David Schomer and Geneva Sullivan. The company charter is to
research, develop, and promote caffe espresso as a culinary art. Naturally, in
this pursuit we continually strive to source the highest quality coffee beans to
create our two blends, Espresso Vita and Espresso Dolce. For espresso featuring
our sweet roast only mild, low acid, coffea Arabica can be used, with a bit of
coffea Robusta included for crema enhancement.
Coffee of this nature can only be grown on farms practicing the "old" growing
method of protecting the delicate coffee trees with larger shade trees. Thus,
the plantations we purchase from feature shade grown coffee and a complete
eco-system thrives in the coffee orchards. The photograph you see here has been
taken by Geneva on a trip to our principal supplier's plantation in the year
The coffee beans we like command a high price in the market place and require
very meticulous harvesting, drying, and processing techniques. This premium
price that we pay ensures that farmers can provide good working conditions and
pay a living wage to attract conscientious workers in their area.
We find that top quality coffee can only be produced by farms operating in a
socially and environmentally responsible manner.
Our fine roasts
all begin with the selection of exceptional beans from around the world. All of
our beans are Arabica -- the highest quality, most flavorful beans. Nearly all
our beans come from high altitude, shade grown coffee trees. Shade grown coffee
contributes to maintaining healthy eco-systems by allowing natural bird habitats
to flourish. Not only does it provide a home for hundreds of species of
migratory birds, but as the natural predators of pests who can kill a coffee
crop, protecting the birds' habitats also eliminates the need for chemical
pesticides that can be toxic.
Our organic selections
are the finest available. Aroma is a Certified Organic Roaster.