Rick Peyser

Root Capital Board Member, Senior Relationship Manager for Coffee & Cocoa, Lutheran World Relief Rick is a member of the Root Capital Board of Directors. He currently serves as Lutheran World Relief‘s Senior Relationship Manager, Coffee & Cocoa. He recently retired from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR), where he was the Director of Social Advocacy and Supply Chain Community Outreach. At GMCR, where he worked for 27 years, Rick led a team that works to improve the quality of life for coffee producers and their families in their supply chain communities. He is a past President of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (the world’s largest coffee trade association), served 6 years on the Fair Trade Labeling Organizations International (FLO) Board, and currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Coffee Kids and Fundacion Ixil. Rick co-founded and now sits on the board of Food 4 Farmers, a nonprofit to help Latin American coffee communities address the problem of chronic seasonal hunger.


Coffee, Culture and Change in The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta

Posted by Rick Peyser  |  Mar 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Root Capital board members and staff with the leaders of ANEI, a Fair Trade and organic coffee cooperative in Colombia

In late February, I joined a few members of Root Capital’s staff and fellow Board members in traveling to visit ANEI, a Fair Trade and organic coffee cooperative located in the mountains of northeastern Colombia, the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The cooperative, which has been a Root Capital client since 2012, has 700 small-scale coffee farming family members from four indigenous groups – the Arhuacos, Koguis, Wiwas, and Kankuamos – each with a distinct language.

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Topics: South America