The Genuine Origin Coffee Project
Genuine Origin is committed to sourcing and supplying green coffee sustainably at the farm level. It's a tricky thing. Typically, coffee transactions are made over computers with a great distance between producer and purchaser. More commonly, however, middlemen broker the deals having little regard for the long-term health of the crop or for the people who grew it.
The Genuine Origin Coffee Project, a new company wanting to break into the industry by breaking with tradition and convention, wanted to put a face to their coffees when they introduced them to their customers. So they asked me to "Journey to Origin" to meet some of these people, learn about their lives and livelihood, record their stories and capture their images.
Images are currently being used widely across media. In fact, Agapito, an effortlessly happy Guatemalan producer, has become the face of the launch campaign. He (and many others) can be seen in social media, industry print, website, online advertising, and larger-than-life hanging on the wall of corporate headquarters in New York City.