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We are launching Phase Two of our coffee project in Costa Rica and want you to be a part of it.
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It's really simple. Control your coffee, ground to grounds.
It's really simple. Control your coffee, ground to grounds.

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Phase One of the Tomo Yodo project is complete. We literally 'bought the farm', planted new coffee, and upgraded the cabin. 

Phase Two will focus on people, sustainability, and infrastructure at the farm. 

A critical issue facing the coffee industry today is the extremely low prices paid to coffee farmers. By managing the entire process, Tomo Yodo will be able to invest more into the farm and the people that are essential in delivering a great cup of coffee to you. We want you to be a part of the journey, Ground to Grounds. 

Sunrise view over the coffee fields at Tomo Yodo Farm
Sunrise view over the coffee fields at Tomo Yodo Farm

Your pledge will be used for:

A. People

  (1) Hire additional people for the farm - There are underemployment issues in the  'Southern Zone' of Costa Rica. By relying on traditional methods of growing coffee, we are able to use more of the raised funds to invest in the farm, the people, and the community.

Los Hermanos Locos from right to left - Mainor, Daniel, Yunior and Todd enjoying a break from planting.
Los Hermanos Locos from right to left - Mainor, Daniel, Yunior and Todd enjoying a break from planting.

(2) Partner with local schools to provide any needed supplies to enrich the educational experience.

 B. Sustainability 

3rd generation Farm Manager, Mainor Salazar, with the farm's prize-winning bulls, El Diablo and Gringo, getting ready to work the fields. Mainor found El Diablo (left) in poor health and brought him to the farm. Since then, El Diablo has gained over 150lbs and is as strong as, well, an ox.
3rd generation Farm Manager, Mainor Salazar, with the farm's prize-winning bulls, El Diablo and Gringo, getting ready to work the fields. Mainor found El Diablo (left) in poor health and brought him to the farm. Since then, El Diablo has gained over 150lbs and is as strong as, well, an ox.

  (1) Pursue Fair Trade, Organic, and Rain Forest Alliance certifications

    (a) Continue the use of all traditional techniques for growing coffee

    (b) Avoid the use of harmful chemicals 

    (c) Avoid the use of fossil fuels

Our sheep graze the farm to keep the weeds at bay. Macho (the ram in the front) has done a great job of increasing the size of the herd. We have had three lambs born this spring!
Our sheep graze the farm to keep the weeds at bay. Macho (the ram in the front) has done a great job of increasing the size of the herd. We have had three lambs born this spring!

    (d) Continue planting shade trees, vegetables and fruits for biodiversity.  

100s of plantains (shown here), bananas and shade trees have been planted to increase biodiversity, grow food, and pursue the Rainforest Alliance certification.
100s of plantains (shown here), bananas and shade trees have been planted to increase biodiversity, grow food, and pursue the Rainforest Alliance certification.

  (2) Install a more efficient irrigation system to reduce water consumption 

Farm Manager Mainor Salazar with his son Yunior repairing the old irrigation system. We will install a more efficient drip irrigation system. In many parts of Costa Rica, water is 'gold'.
Farm Manager Mainor Salazar with his son Yunior repairing the old irrigation system. We will install a more efficient drip irrigation system. In many parts of Costa Rica, water is 'gold'.

C. Infrastructure

  (1) Finish construction of our small processing facility on site, allowing more local control

  (2) Upgrade coffee processing equipment

  (3) Build additional coffee drying beds 

This is a traditional 'African Bed' used to dry coffee beans.
This is a traditional 'African Bed' used to dry coffee beans.

  (4) Upgrade the corral where we store coffee and equipment

Rewards

Who doesn't want swag, right? We have some great rewards.

In addition to great coffee mugs, t-shirts, hats, hydroflasks, and other items will be available.
In addition to great coffee mugs, t-shirts, hats, hydroflasks, and other items will be available.

1. Swag

  (a) Coffee mugs (may be used for tea if approved by the Tomo Yodo Hot Beverage Council)

  (b) Hats

  (c) Stickers

  (d) hydroflasks

  (e) t-shirts

2. Coffee

  (a) Light, medium, or dark roast... whole or ground.

Tomo Yodo Coffee - Ground to Grounds
Tomo Yodo Coffee - Ground to Grounds

3. Stay at the cabin

Transparency is at the heart of what we do. We want you to know where your coffee comes from, who handles it, and how it gets to your kitchen. The two-bedroom cabin is available for those who want to visit. 

Two bedrooms on the farm await!
Two bedrooms on the farm await!
This is the view from the master bedroom.
This is the view from the master bedroom.

Enjoy amazing views of Costa Rica and Panama while you sip on YOUR coffee. 

A view towards the Pacific Ocean
A view towards the Pacific Ocean
Sunrise over Vulcan Barú
Sunrise over Vulcan Barú

Spend a day on the farm with Mainor as he and the crew care for YOUR coffee plant. Visit the corral to see the animals that help us grow YOUR coffee. If Mainor has time, he may even be able to give you a machete lesson!

Preparing takiske (local root vegetable) for planting.
Preparing takiske (local root vegetable) for planting.

If you are fortunate, you may even get a visit from the monkeys that pass by most days! 

White-faced capuchin staring back
White-faced capuchin staring back

So join us on the journey, Ground to Grounds!

Risks and challenges

Fortunately, this is not a high risk project. Since we are committed to a traditional process, we know it works. Weather and the unpredictability of farm animals may have an occasional impact on the day-to-day operation at the farm, we are a hardy and flexible group. We are fully prepared to improvise and work through any obstacle in our way on the farm.

After the coffee leaves the farm, we have relationships with exporters who will arrange shipments to the US. Once in the US, we will hand deliver it to our coffee roaster and carefully monitor the roasting and packaging process.

While it's tempting to say that we've thought of everything, there may be something new. But rest assured, we are problem solvers and will maintain complete transparency on not only issues that may arise, but also our progress and solutions to the issues.

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    Gracias!

    Welcome and Thank you! You will receive newsletters throughout the year, documenting our progress in making a great coffee bean. Meet the people, see the farm animals in action, and find out what it takes to make a great cup of coffee. You will see the journey our coffee beans make from Ground to Grounds.

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    Get on Board

    You will receive a 10oz bag of fresh roasted coffee (light, medium or dark), ground or whole beans. This is a perfect entry-level pledge. You get a discount on great coffee, can try it at home, and join in on the journey, Ground to Grounds. Oh yeah, free shipping!

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    Plant the Seed

    In addition to 'Gracias', we will plant a coffee sapling in your name. We'll provide periodic updates on your plant and send newsletters to you about coffee and Costa Rica. A 40% discount from the retail price!

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    Taste

    In addition to Gracias, you will receive a 4oz sample bag of each roast, light, medium and dark, to try. In addition to the coffee, you will receive a set of Tomo Yodo stickers.

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    One night stay at the farm in Costa Rica

    Yes, stay at the farm for only $75/night. You get the whole place; a two-bedroom cabin tucked high in the mountains. Enjoy epic views from every room (including the outdoor shower)! Wake up and make a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy the 'Southern Zone' of Costa Rica.

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    Own

    In addition to 'Gracias', you will own your plant, and get four 10oz bags of fresh roasted coffee, shipped throughout the year. We will also send you a Tomo Yodo coffee mug as a huge thank you! A 10% discount off the website price.

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    Savor

    In addition to 'Gracias' , own a plant and receive 12 10oz bags of coffee throughout the year. We'll also send a Tomo Yodo coffee mug with the first shipment as an added thanks! A 13% discount!

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    Stay

    In addition to 'Savor', you will receive a voucher good for one night at the Tomo Yodo cabin (pictured in the video) in Costa Rica. Come and stay with friends and family, visit your plant, and learn about coffee in Costa Rica. A 17% discount.

    Feel free to join the staff to learn about coffee first hand. Or, just relax on the deck and watch over 250 species of birds, butterflies and maybe even a white-faced capuchin monkey go by. The entire cabin is yours, including full kitchen, outdoor shower with hot water, and awe-inspiring views of Costa Rica and Panama. (Sleeps five comfortably, with space for a few more for a real party!).

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    Gift Pack of Coffee

    Be the life of the party! You get two bags of coffee sent to ten of your closest friends. Imagine how much they will love you when they get fresh-roasted Tomo Yodo coffee delivered to to them! This is the best possible gift!

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