About Us

ELAN Organic Coffee is a San Diego based coffee developer and importer who offers a line of certified organically shade grown coffees which it has developed through partnerships with village co-ops in coffee production countries in Central America, South America and Papua New Guinea.

Its founder and President, Karen Cebreros, became familiar with the problems being experienced by coffee farmers due to the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides in coffee production. After a trip to Peru in 1989, Karen decided to help farmers save their land and the health of their families by teaching them how to implement healthy, organic agricultural techniques. All of this has helped to produce a better tasting coffee that’s better for the consumer and better for our environment.Karen set up agreements with the farmers, oversaw their training in the organic methods, arranged for certification programs, and set up the infrastructure to bring the product to market.

Karen set up agreements with the farmers, oversaw their training in the organic methods, arranged for certification programs, and set up the infrastructure to bring the product to market.To meet the demand for certified shade grown coffees, Karen arranged a strategic alliance between the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Quality Assurance International (QAI) to make shade and organic inspections simultaneously. These certifications are the consumers ONLY guarantee they are getting what they pay for.

To meet the demand for certified shade grown coffees, Karen arranged a strategic alliance between the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Quality Assurance International (QAI) to make shade and organic inspections simultaneously. These certifications are the consumers ONLY guarantee they are getting what they pay for.Elan will supply the finest organic coffees in the world supporting equitable partnerships between consumers, farmers and the environment while maintaining a profitable company.

Elan will supply the finest organic coffees in the world supporting equitable partnerships between consumers, farmers and the environment while maintaining a profitable company.Elan is currently a member of OTA, NWSCC, ORCA, Coffee Kids, TransFair USA, SMBC, and founding member of the SCAA environmental committee.

Elan is currently a member of OTA, NWSCC, ORCA, Coffee Kids, TransFair USA, SMBC, and founding member of the SCAA environmental committee.