We believe that every link in the coffee supply chain should create value for the next one. We rely on the farmers efforts to produce exceptional coffee.
Our approach on sourcing and roasting should further benefit everyone who works with or enjoys our coffees.
A foundation for a transparent and healthy supply chain lies in relationships. We value our partner producers as well as our customers, and work towards long-lasting, mutually beneficial collaboration.
The cost of quality
Quality is the key. And to achieve quality we all need to invest time, effort and money. The coffees we work with represent some of the highest quality out there and are extremely difficult to produce. This work needs to be compensated.
The cost of production needs to be taken into consideration when talking about sustainable coffee prices. There’s no fixed price point for sustainability. The costs and income varies drastically based on the origin and trade system we operate in.
With the worlds Commodity Market (C-market) price of coffee in a devastating downward spiral, knowing how and by who your coffee is produced and traded becomes imperative.
Producers we work with invest their lives in making these coffees happen. This commitment demands financial stability. We make sure that all of our coffees, whether bought directly or through exporter, are fairly traded.
Coffee requires a lot of natural resources on its journey from seed to cup. We want to minimise the negative effects this has on nature.
Populus seeks to find and encourage partners to use only sustainable farming practises. These include e.g. efficient water management, avoiding mono crops, planting indigenous, nitrogen fixing and reusable shade trees, using organic fertilisers and pesticides and preventing deforestation.
Many of the coffees we source are organically grown for the simple reason that these substances are not financially available for the farmers. Every origin faces different challenges, but farmers are often highly aware of the causes and effects of climate change for it has an increasing, direct impact on their everyday life.
Quality coffee is delicious. The complexity of flavours, acidity and sweetness is caused by a combination of variety, micro climate, terroir and many other factors. Coffee has more than 1000 chemical aroma compounds and the number increases while new ones are discovered regularly. In other words, coffee is an incredibly diverse product.
Arabica coffee is a delicate, vulnerable and disease prone plant that needs particular growing conditions to prosper. Majority of the best varieties are threatened by rapidly spreading plant diseases and micro climates are destroyed by changing weather patterns.
These problems have also brought solutions. Adaptable and resistant plant hybrids are created, processing methods and fermentation techniques adapted and new ways of fighting the diseases researched — all to make it possible to maintain the diversity.
We want to experience, understand and represent it all. Our experimental and exclusive series offer innovations, untypical flavours, rare varieties and exceptional quality.
Costa Rice - Joyce Calderón Martinez
Joyce is our partner producer from Costa Rica. She is the youngest of four sisters of the family behind Granitos de Ortiz. On top of taking actively part in running the processing station she manages her own farm which she requested for her quinceanera present. Her passion and ambition for great coffee really shows in her work starting all the way from the varieties she has chosen to cultivate; Typica, SL28, Geisha. We are really excited to partner with her and are looking forward to the future.
Honduras - Cresencio Izaguirre
Cresencio Izaguirre is our very first partner producer. We visited his farm for the first time already in 2014 and have been buying his coffees ever since the opening. Since the first meeting his farm land and also production has doubled. His two farms El Cielito and Los Pinos are located on the steep hills of the Santa Barbara mountain in Honduras. They are not in the easiest places for managing the farms but in terms of potential cup profile the locations are pristine. Catching a mix of sun, wind, coldness these hills are just the places for creating that complex flavour world we fell for with Cresencio's beautiful Pacas.
Burundi - Long Miles Coffee Project
Long Miles Coffee Project is an amazing farmer-focused initiative found by an American family - The Carlsons. We have wanted to work with LMCP even before we started and are proud to represent their coffees year after year. The work they have done has really paid off and the quality of their coffees has helped to put Burundi on the specialty coffee map.
La Palma y El Tucán
Sustainability, innovation and passion are definitely three things that define Finca La Palma y El Tucán.
Started by three friends Carlos, Elisa and Felipe La Palma y El Tucán has become a living legend in the specialty coffee field. Most of the coffee we get from them are from their Neighbors and Crops program. This program was developed to create a sustainable relationship model to work together with the surrounding farmers and create value to all parties. LPET provides training for exceptional harvesting and buys the coffee cherries with a 50% premium to the national average. LPET also takes care of processing and experiments with different methods in the search of the perfect cup.
We are a family-owned, independent specialty coffee company with strong roots in the Nordic and a home in Berlin. We roast and brew
exceptional, exciting and experimental coffees from some of the best producers in the world.
Populus was founded in 2015 by Sari and Henrik Haavisto.
For us, Populus offers a possibility to work according to our own set of ethics, guidelines and philosophy. Specialty coffee is all about relationships , collaboration and commitment for achieving quality. Our job is to bring the right people together over coffee.
Populus thrives to establish a coffee supply chain that creates value to everyone involved in the process of making a seed to taste like a rainbow in your cup.
We are all about exploring the incredible diversity in specialty coffee and presenting it for you.