Paul Claus-owner and Roast-Master and Sara Santos-Facility Director have taken Caye Coffee International!!
Caye Coffee, in association with The El Lago Coffee Company will be exporting “Caye Coffee” coffee (10,000 LBS per trip) in an eco-friendly, financially sustainable way to the USA aboard the sailing vessel SCV RedCloud. This will be (according to William Ukers book “All About Coffee”), the first time since the SV Braque Padang arrived in NYC Christmas day 1914 that coffee has been imported to the USA via sailing vessel. With favorable winds, the SCV Redcloud is scheduled to arrive 93 years later- to the day-Christmas Day. Imagine, 93 years and nobody thought about (or had the courage) to embark on such an (ad)venture. Until now!
It's the dawn of the new age of “International Eco-Commerce”, making “Caye Coffee” and El Lago Coffee the pioneers and front-runners in this never-ending “search for ecology”.
After sampling many, many different coffee's from all over the Central America and the Caribbean, the El Lago Coffee Co. selected Ambergris Caye's, “Caye Coffee” coffee products to import for several reasons. The main reason, it is the “BEST TASTING and FRESHEST COFFEE that we sampled!!”, said Joe and Terry Butcher, owners of El Lago Coffee Company.
Paul Claus, Roast-master and owner of Caye Coffee Ltd, has perfected to a fine art, four different roast combos, from his award-winning, organically grown, sun-dried and hand sorted coffee beans, beans that are grown 5000 ft above sea level in neighboring Guatemala. Sara Santos, Facility Director of Caye Coffee has taken on a staff of 9 – from 2- to accomplish this history making endeavor!! The “Gift Sacks” are all hand made (cut, sewn and decorated) from the 150 pound yute (burlap) sacks the “Green Coffee” is shipped in. With the imagination of the staff, each “Gift Sack” is unique and individual! All of the “Caye Coffee” is roasted, ground, weighed, hand-bagged and labeled on site, making the job a definite “JOB”!
Ambergris Caye is the perfect size port to promote environmental awareness and preservation, and is located in a great central collecting area reducing overland travel from the coffee plantations. The harbor of San Pedro is in-accessible to any large ships due to her shallow coral- laden harbor, and pristine barrier reefs.
With the high prices of oil affecting everyone on earth, and the fact, coffee is the second largest traded commodity on earth after oil, the goal of Caye Coffee Ltd and The El Lago Coffee Company is to be a model of sustainability and profit, using 100% renewable energy resources for others to follow, from wind and bio-fueled diesel powered engines on the SCV Redcloud to Caye Coffee’s organically grown, sun-dried, hand sorted coffee beans.
By Eco-Sailing Caye Coffee organic, sun dried and hand sorted coffee, they will hope to provide the public with the “GREENEST” coffee products in today's Green, Organic concise and aware world.
The mission will be to deliver high quality, high demand, organic coffee products shipped in a manner that fosters brand loyalty from our customers and promotes environmental awareness and preservation.
The ElLago Coffee Company and the SCV RedCloud were seeking donations of school supplies of pencils and paper, spiral notebooks, computer equipment, new and used musical instruments or anything else that could help the school children of San Pedro and the generous people of Texas came through. Joe and Terry Butcher will be bringing the school supplies to San Pedro on the South sail and returning with “Caye Coffee” on the North sail. That works for everyone!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have helped and gone out of their way for us, especially our customers (old, new and future) who supported us and continue to support us and will do in the future.
Our appreciation and thanks to our employees-who made this all possible, Ambergris Today, The San Pedro Sun, sanpedrodaily.com, ambergriscaye.com, Mr. Castillo at The Belize Bank, Gecko Graphics, BRC Printing, Tropic Air, Maya Island Air, Mash Shipping, Fido’s, Dennis Wolfe and The Usual Suspects, Barrington and (believe it or not) the San Pedro Post Office.
Caye Coffee would also like to express their gratitude and special thanks to Area Representative, Manuel Heredia for all his help and advice.
The SCV Redcloud, due to arrive the first or second week of December was delayed by Tropical Storm Olga and was forced to port in Cancun to wait out the weather, but will arrive Thursday or Friday this week at Fido’s Dock.
We hope everyone has a chance to taste and enjoy Ambergris Caye’s, “Caye Coffee” coffee!
And for those who already drink “Caye Coffee”-“the others don’t know what they’re missing!!”- do they?