David Muñoz is a good dude. When we visited Santa Barbara with the Collaborative Coffee Source I got a chance to spend a great deal of time chatting with him, as he is not only a coffee farmer but also works for San Vicente, the exporter and mill in Peña Blanca that CCS works closely with. What I dug about spending time with David was his understated enthusiasm and clear drive to continue improving. David’s first farm, Finca Nueva Esperanza, is located on a steep 2.8 ha parcel of land in the hillside community of El Cielito. He planted coffee here in 2008 after seeing the blossoming of specialty coffee in Santa Barbara and how beneficial it could be for other producers in his community. He not only wanted to do it with an eye to quality, however, but also with an eye to environmental protection. He decided to get his farm Rainforest Alliance certified not for the extra couple cents per pound, but for the resources that RFA would provide—guidelines on safe application/disposal of chemicals, recommendations for shade trees and erosion reduction, etc. He has some other interesting projects up his sleeve as well: he recently planted a second farm in the town of Las Flores and is also teaching himself how to roast his own coffee. I mean it, he rules. And his coffee rules too!