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Feb 05 2016.

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Gaviña mother-daughter team, Leonor Gaviña-Valls and Anna Valls, attended the Women in Coffee Convention last October in Bogotá, Colombia. Hosted by the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) in coordination with the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia, the convention welcomed more than 400 attendees from 30 countries. The focus of the convention is to empower women in coffee and promote a sustainable future in coffee by gaining the support of the local and departmental coffee growers committees, cooperatives, and other entities in the coffee supply chain. 

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While in Colombia, Leonor and Anna visited farms in the area of Medellín where Gaviña sources coffee, and joined a tour sponsored by the Colombian Coffee Federation. The tour included a meeting of women small-holder farmers, and a visit to a teaching farm where Leonor and Anna learned farm management and coffee preparation. On the tour were women from every link of the coffee chain including women farmers from Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, a UN representative from Kenya, baristas from Mexico and allied product suppliers from the US.

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ABOUT IWCAEMPOWERING AND INVOLVING WOMEN IN COFFEE 

Founded in 2003, the IWCA is a global network of women in coffee representing a variety of roles within the supply chain and industry. Its primary role is to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives. As an active member of the IWCA, Gaviña Gourmet Coffee - through Leonor Gaviña-Valls’ involvement - has been active and committed to sharing our expertise, experience and insights about coffee to the alliance, especially among female small-holder coffee farmers.

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Sep 08 2015.

Porto's Bakery & Cafe

Named #5 on Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in the United States, Porto's Bakery and Cafe is a national icon. With three locations to date in Glendale, Burbank, and Downey, Porto's plans to expand to Buena Park in Summer 2016.

Since the moment coffee arrived on the menu, Porto's has served Gaviña.

We sat down with Rolando Verdecia, Porto's District Manager, to talk about our long-standing partnership, Iced Tea, Iced Coffee, and signature drinks. Here's what Rolando had to say.

Porto's and Gaviña - share the same culture. Being family businesses, we share a lot of the same business ideals. We believe in quality, always looking for improvement, and taking care of our customer.

This Summer, We Are Promoting - our signature Porto's Iced Coffee! We debuted new counter signs recently and sales are already up 50%.

Freshly Brewed Iced Tea - is a must! We brew Passion Fruit, Organic Hibiscus, and Traditional Black. Our freshly brewed options outsell our liquid concentrate raspberry iced tea.

Customer's Favorite Iced Tea - is the Organic Hibiscus. They love to add it to our lemonade to make a Half & Half Iced Tea.

We Pair Our Iced Tea With - our new Spicy Chicken Milanese sandwich. The cool taste of Iced Tea pairs great with spicy foods.

Betty Porto & Rolando Verdecia

Speaking of Signature Drinks - our Iced Dulce De Leche is super popular during the summer. We stack milk with dulce de leche and drizzle espresso down the side. It's a very decadent combination.

Our Favorite Pairing - Is our Porto's Iced Coffee with a Cuban Sandwich. The flavors were made for each other!

This Fall, You Must Try - Our new Double Porto's Cortadito. We're adding a little condensed milk, steamed milk, and foam to make the best cortadito we've ever tasted.

To find out more about Porto's, check out their Website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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May 12 2015.

Market Restaurants and Catering is a cafe with two locations in Downtown Los Angeles - inside the Cooper Building and inside the LA Mart Reef Building.

Market has strong branding that evolves to stay hip and current, not just because they have a vision for their stores, but also because they are located in the heart of Downtown LA's Fashion District.

Jane Olivia Paik, Director of Special Events and Catering of Market

Jane Olivia Paik, Director of Special Events and Catering of Market, breaks down the importance of Market's branding for us.

OUR BRAND SAYS that we provide high quality food and beverage using seasonal, organic product whenever possible.

OUR STORE IS down-to-earth. We want our food to be healthy, fun, and creative.

WE PROVIDE great food and service that is easy and fast, without compromising quality.

Our customers love the Gaviña brand!

OUR CUSTOMERS LOVE the Gaviña brand! Customers know they can always count on the quality and taste.

EVERY DAY, WE USE Facebook. We share our Daily Specials, Hot Soups, and Agua Fresca of the Day.

ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WE SHARE photos of our cafe food, catering food, and special events.

Find Market on Facebook at facebook.com/marketrestaurantsdtla.

 

 

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Apr 15 2015.

Fernando, Gaviña Coffee Trainer, explains how to make the perfect Iced Coffee in this quick YouTube video. This recipe works for all of our coffee flavors, so have fun making your own signature drink!

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Mar 01 2015.

Food & Bounty Exterior

One of our newest customers, Helen Cavallo, recently opened the doors to her new restaurant, Food & Bounty, at Sunset Gower Studios.

The host of a Disney show called "That's Fresh", Helen is passionate about providing fresh food and letting the natural flavor of real food shine - maybe just a hint of olive oil, salt, or fresh herbs to enhance each dish.

"We are getting back to a simpler time, the way our parents and grandparents ate. Real food, real fresh is something we are all entitled to. Why settle for anything else?" - Helen Cavallo

3 Things That Make Food & Bounty A Success:

1. A Strong Theme

The "Fresh" aspect of Food & Bounty is in everything they do. As Helen puts it, "Fresh is clean and bright and feels good when you see it." This theme comes to life in the menu, the outdoor garden from UrbanLA Farms, and the store's interior design.

Food & Bounty Interior 
The menu at Food & Bounty frequently features simple dishes cooked using fresh ingredients that are locally sourced.

Helen Cavallo, Food & Bounty

Some of the fresh food comes from Food & Bounty's LAUrban Farms garden. To see more about LAUrban Farms, visit their website and instagram page!

Food & Bounty Interior 
We love how simple, bright, and clean Food & Bounty's interior it is. It really does look fresh from the moment you walk in the door.

2. Focus on Quality

Helen's customers love the high quality food she prepares. "I remember growing up and having a garden in my backyard. Now we grow a lot of our veggies in our front yard at Food & Bounty like lettuce, broccoli, peppers, and eggplant! We provide real food, real fresh," Helen said.

"Growing up, we shared what we grew and shared tips on growing using simple organic materials to compost and fight bugs with left over scraps of food, like egg shells, watermelon rinds, and coffee, too. The word for Organic didn't exist for us either, because, like, what else was there? There was only what we now call organic." - Helen Cavallo

3. Social Media

Food & Bounty Instagram Photos

Reaching over 400 followers in two months, Food & Bounty's Instagram account draws in new customers with mouth-watering photos of delicious dishes. See more of their photos at Food & Bounty's Instagram.

"I was a very late bloomer to social media because I thought it was for teenagers... Social media is such a great way to connect to so many people all at once... I think all of us eat with our eyes first, so social media is a great way to tell a story with few words." - Helen Cavallo

Helen's Advice for New Foodservice Establishments

On Food & Bounty's first day, Helen said the team was so concerned about the big picture tasks - the food, the quality, and the workflow - that they forgot one crucial part to opening their business. Their first customer showed up and her team was very excited to help them, but there was no change in the cash drawer!

Helen says she won't forget to have change in the cash register again, but she is happy everything else went smoothly on her first day. Helen confirms, "When you love what you do, your day flies by!"

To find out more about Food & Bounty, visit their website!

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Jan 22 2015.

Guatemalan Vista

We are excited to announce our newest Origin Sustainability project in Casillas, a municipality of Santa Rosa, Guatemala. This project is particularly exciting because it is a four year long partnership with Hanns R. Neumann Stiftung North America (HRNS) during which we hope to make a difference in Casillas from an Environmental, Operational, and Community standpoint.

In Casillas, most coffee farmers are still struggling to recover from the roya (Coffee Leaf Rust) crisis of 2013-2014 that severely impacted Guatemalan coffee production. While the overall Guatemalan coffee yield dropped an estimated 15-20% during the roya crisis, the small-scale farming community in Casillas faced a severe loss, with 50% of their crop destroyed.

As coffee farmers in Casillas recover from the roya crisis, there is an opportunity for them to improve the quality and yields of their coffee crop with improved farming methods. In order to make their farms stronger than ever, they need access to resources and financing that will allow them to overcome the roya crisis.

During the next four years, we will be providing technical and operations assistance to 100 coffee farmers and young people in Casillas to improve quality, crop yields, and sustainability practices in the region.

Casillas Farming Community

“Gaviña is committed to promoting a culture of sustainability. We are dedicated to empower smallholder coffee farmers allowing them to be more self-reliant, adapt to climate change, and preserve their land for future generations.”

Yu-Yue Yen, Sustainability Director


Our Direct Impact® project aims to train participants to employ sustainable farming methodologies while adopting best practices to generate better yields from their land resulting in higher income. The program will also provide financial resources so that farmers will have access to the capital they need to improve their farming.

Direct Impact® Gaviña Initiative

By the end of the project, our goal is that 60% of the participants will adopt sustainable agricultural practices, increase their coffee production yield by 20%, and 75% of the families will generate income above the poverty level.

Direct Impact® is a Gaviña Initiative to promote environmental and community sustainability practices in the growing, procurement, roasting, processing, packaging, and sale of coffee and coffee-related products and services.

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Dec 09 2014.

The Season of Joy is our favorite time of year - the weather is perfect for a warm cup of coffee and we have the priviledge of spending the Holidays surrounded by family and friends. We wish you all the best and hope that every part of your Holidays brings you contentment, love, and joy.

Warmest Wishes,

The Gaviña Family

Gaviña Holiday Wishes

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Nov 26 2014.

We hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful and filled with family, friends, and food! We look forward to enjoying a nice big turkey dinner with our family, followed by a shot of Old Havana Espresso with dessert.

Are you planning on enjoying some Gaviña coffee during Thanksgiving? Tag your coffee photo on Instagram with @gavinacoffeeco and #FamilyCraftedCoffee for a chance to win a free coffee gift basket just in time for Christmas! A winner will be selected at noon on 11/28/2014.

Gaviña Turkey Day

Good luck and have a Happy Turkey Day!

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