January 19, 2011

Makers of California’s Own Don Francisco’s Coffee Present Hecho a Mano Exhibit in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- F. Gavina & Sons, Inc., makers of California's own Don Francisco's Coffee, today announced that they will be the platinum sponsor of "Hecho a Mano (Made by Hand)," a multi-media, cross-cultural exhibition of contemporary art presented by the National Coffee Alliance, Guatemala (ANACAFE) and The Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA). The showcase kicked off January 15 at Gallery 825 and will be open to the public through February 11, 2011 in conjunction with Los Angeles Art Month.

"Hecho a Mano" is a special collaborative exhibition featuring contemporary artwork created by Greater Los Angeles-area emerging artists exploring issues of quality workmanship and cultural heritage. Also included are selections from ANACAFE's 50th Anniversary exhibition titled "Inspired by Coffee" that debuted at the International Coffee Organization's World Coffee Conference in February 2010. The collection showcases images of Guatemala's coffee-growing regions by photographers from Belgium, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, France, and the U.S., along with panoramic views captured in 1875 by Anglo-American photographer Eadweard Muybridge.

"Producing fine coffee like our very own super premium Don Francisco's Family Reserve Coffees is very similar to creating works of art -- both require tremendous passion, great skill, patience, and relentless dedication," explained Leonor Gavina-Valls, vice president of Marketing for F. Gavina & Sons, Inc. "As a family-owned roaster with a coffee legacy as growers and producers that extends for more than 130 years, we are proud to partner with Guatemala's National Coffee Alliance and Gallery 825 to bring to life this extraordinary exhibition and help share local artists' work in a beautiful, creative and inspirational way."

LAAA / Gallery 825 is located at 825 North La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

About F. Gavina & Sons, Inc.

Based in Vernon, California, F. Gavina & Sons, Inc., one of the largest family-owned coffee companies in America and the nation's largest privately held minority roaster, has been a leading producer of high-quality and great tasting coffee for more than four generations. Spanning more than 130 years, dating back to the family's humble beginnings in the rich-coffee bearing soil of the Caribbean, the unmatched experience as coffee growers and roasters has paved the way for a strong presence in wholesale and retail accounts all across the country. F. Gavina & Sons, Inc. and its employees are committed to its coffee-producing partners and to the improvement and well-being of the communities where they work and live. The company is fully vested in and supports several international and domestic economic and social responsibility programs. To learn more about F. Gavina & Sons, Inc. or Don Francisco's Coffee, please visit www.gavina.com and www.don-francisco.com, respectively.

About the Los Angeles Art Association

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Los Angeles Art Association's mission is to provide opportunities, resources, services and exhibition venues for Los Angeles artists, with an emphasis on emerging talent. Since its inception in 1925, LAAA has launched the art careers of many celebrated artists and has played a central role in the formation of Los Angeles' arts community. LAAA serves a broad cross section of artists of all mediums, career levels and socio-economic backgrounds, including those from low-income communities.


Founded in 1960, ANACAFE is Guatemalan's National Coffee Association. For more information, please visit www.guatemalancoffees.org.

SOURCE F. Gavina & Sons, Inc.