Kalsada champions Philippine specialty coffee. Our top priority is to support Filipino coffee producers and their dedicated efforts to bring quality coffee to market.

We seek to build trust and partnership with local communities. We invest in machinery and equipment to elevate coffee quality, and we pay farmers over $1 per pound more than Fair Trade. We do this by actively listening to communities, in order to meet their needs.

Through our work, we hope to encourage future generations of Filipino coffee growers, and to spread the word about Philippine specialty coffee.

 
 

Quality

We are helping farmers meet our exacting standards by providing the machinery, equipment, and training necessary for these growers to take their coffee from good to great.

Collaboration

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We believe that truly exceptional coffee is built by healthy and prosperous communities, and it is best appreciated by knowledgeable passionate consumers.

Sustainability

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If the soil were a piggy bank, we aim to make as many deposits as possible. We are focused on building environmental wealth for future generations of growers.

Carmel-Laurino

Carmel Laurino
Founder

Born in the Philippines, raised in the Pacific Northwest, Carmel has always wanted to find a way to connect her heritage and her love for coffee and community.   

Lacy-Audry

Lacy Audry
Chief of Coffee

A coffee-geek since 2010, Lacy learned to roast while writing her master’s thesis on the coffee industry in Vietnam. When she is not roasting or cupping, she is probably topping out boulders in Fontainebleau, FR.

Tere-Domine

Tere Domine
Country Director

With a background in bio-genetics, Tere’s warmth and fluency in Ilocano opened doors for Kalsada. On the days she is not on the farm, Tere can be found sipping coffee in her roof-top herb garden or at the beach surfing.

Kaye-Lavin

Kaye Lavin
Sales & Client Relations

Kaye is our resident photographer, wholesale and training lead. Her constant search for cafes and stories has brought her to specialty coffee. When she is not in a cafe, you will find her wandering the streets of Manila, taking photos and writing random things.

Rickey Ricardos

Maricar "Rickey" Ricardos
Administrative Officer

 

Ivy-Soon

Ivy Soon
Field Officer

Through Kalsada, Ivy became a reborn coffee drinker. She wants to reach out and positively affect the lives of the partner producers with her technical experience. Her background is in chemistry and quality assurance.