We are a passionate team that loves coffee from its origin to the cup.
Abraham López Ramírez
Organization of Specialty Coffees from Mexico (Cafemex)
Julio Alfaro Ramírez
General Director of Impacto Café
Marcos López Pérez
Supervisory Committee of the Management Board of the Organization of Specialty Coffees from Mexico (Cafemex)
Founder and Strategic Advisor of Impacto Café
Co-founder and Director of the organization Nuup
Julio Alfaro Ramírez
General Director - Impacto Transformador
He has worked for more than 15 years with coffee cooperatives in Chiapas with a wide range of responsibilities. As director of Kaffe SC, he led a team of consultants focused on the strengthening of internal control systems for organic production, the improvement of planning processes, design of business models and projects, access to markets and financing, and fundraising. As an agronomist, he maintains a profound interest in climate change, which is why he has collaborated on projects with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) as a field officer to implement adaptation strategies to climate change together with some coffee organizations in Chiapas. He is currently the General Director of impacto café (Impact Coffee), an association that seeks to improve the competitiveness of organizations of small coffee producers committed to sustainable development. Furthermore, he collaborates with 15 organizations of small producers, strengthening strategic alliances and boosting sustainable social enterprises such as Impacto Transformador (Transforming Impact), a limited liability company that promotes investment.
Director of National Sales - Impacto Transformador
Professional committed to working with small producers’ organisations with academic training in International Trade and a Master’s degree in Administration and Finance. This has allowed him to work on issues of access to markets, financing, and risk management in the coffee market where cooperatives and the niche market for fair trade and organic products are developed. Originally from San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, he is a coffee lover and enthusiast; he currently has a cafeteria that focuses on the development of specialty coffee and micro lots in Chiapas. He is an expert in quality control and has managed to obtain the certificate as a “Q Grader, which has allowed him to be a national judge in events of the “Cup of Excellence Mexico”. In addition, he has worked as a manager of purchases of green coffee for Cafédirect, England and as operations manager for the Mexican Trader of Agro-ecological products (COMPRAS), a joint venture formed by Fair Trade cooperatives in Chiapas. He also worked with Santander and Root Capital, which has given him experience in social finance. Currently, he is a central part of the alliance between organizations and Impacto Transformador where he works as Director of National Sales.
Responsible for International Business Relations - Impacto Transformador
Professional, entrepreneur and executive leader with more than 30 years of experience in rural economic development, sustainable agriculture, project management and organizational coaching with a focus on trade and financial advisory services. During 2012-2017 he served as a consultant for the World Bank, Foundation Progreso, the Rainforest Alliance and Fair Trade USA. From 2006-2011, he worked for Root Capital where he founded the Department of Financial Management Services to facilitate the access to credit for small farmers’ organizations. As Director of the project PorFin (Porvenir Financiero) he led a special team, developing a regional project (6 countries in Mesoamerica), generating training modules and tools in an online learning platform: CLA@SE; the portal is still active, redesigned and with more content and better design since it was ceded to the Coordinator of Fairtrade Latin America and the Caribbean (CLAC). Given the passion for working with small-scale producers, he captured his experience in two articles; one was published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2014, entitled ‘The Paradox of Fair Trade’, to celebrate 15 years of work and reflect on the institutional crisis of Fair Trade at that time. The second article was on the case study of the project PorFin and in particular, the component ‘Access to Finance”. Other case studies carried out for the World Bank and International Coffee Organizatio, are available in ‘Publications’ in his LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/manel-modelo-23996412
Juan Carlos Espinosa
Responsible for Logistics and Export - Impacto Transformador
Professional committed to working with organizations of small coffee producers. Academic training in Industrial Engineering. He has dedicated his professional work to private initiatives for over 11 years, mainly in the coordination of administrative and operational areas in the collection of coffee, financing to small producers and integration of producers in the trade of specialty coffees. He has been working for over 5 years with cooperatives of small Fair Trade and Organic producers, where he supports the formation of quality controls in coffee and the training of young managers of collection coffee centers in various localities in the State of Chiapas. Furthermore, he design processes for inventory control, quality and logistics with the purpose of maximizing resources and minimizing risks. He is also part of the social enterprise Impacto Transformador where he the Responsible for logistics and exports, building capabilities in organizations in the control of collection, processing and export logistics. He focuses mainly on the training of youth leaders and managers of organizations as well as on quality control and tools for the management of risk given the volatility of coffee prices and the quality requirements of the market.
National Logistics - Impacto Transformador
Young leader who has grown up in a family of small coffee producers in northern Chiapas. He is entrepreneurial, enthusiastic, creative, and passionate about coffee related issues and enjoys learning from collective good practices that benefit producers. He continues to strengthen his knowledge on issues of quality of coffee. He has also collaborated with impacto café in administration, communications, logistical aspects of workshops, and exchange of experiences and forums. One of the greatest experiences for him was the participation in the youth camp “Leadership Service” alongside 65 youth from five states of Mexico, which represented different organizations producing coffee, honey, cacao and other products, as well as students from the Intercultural University of Chiapas (UNICH). The youth camp gave him the opportunity to share and reflect on the participants’ enthusiasm, knowledge, and perspectives as well as the problems and opportunities from their different regions. He has been an important part of the team of Impacto Transformador where he currently coordinates and accompanies the processes of roasting, wrapping and packaging of coffee, as well as the supply logistics, transport and distribution of coffee for sale to the domestic market.
Administration - Impacto Transformador
Young, committed professional with a broad sense of service and academic training in Business Administration. She has been working for more than 5 years with cooperatives of small coffee producers in Chiapas. She has developed her experience in the responsibilities of administrative area, mainly for civil associations. In particular, she supports organizations that sell coffee in specialty markets, organic and fair trade coffee from different regions of the state. She is currently responsible for the administration of the association impacto café and supports the management teams of organizations that make up the alliance of the social enterprise Impacto Transformador, from where coffee is exported to Europe, Canada, and the United States. Moreover, she has extensive experience in the management and implementation of resources from different grant-making foundations for multiple activities, such as workshops, exchanges, forums and congresses, with the aim of being a support in the development of organizations of small coffee producers.