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Our coffees are mainly Arabica’s (SL14 & SL28) and consist of fully washed and naturals from micro lots.
They are produced by farmers drawn from across the length and breadth of the Rwenzori mountain ranges.
With one of the most distinct geographic aspects affecting a coffee’s quality and taste being elevation, these Rwenzori coffees tend to have predominantly fruity, floral notes.
They are grown at higher elevations from 1,500 metres above sea level (MASL) which produce hard, dense beans that are more sought after than beans grown at lower elevations.
Hard beans are of a higher quality than soft beans because they have a higher concentration of sugars which produce more desired and nuanced flavours.
We source and trade these coffees with the aim of ensuring great value for small holder farmers who are the key stakeholders.
The strength and cohesion of our network has enabled us to partner and work successfully with an MFI (Micro Finance Institution) which provides affordable unsecured credit to all the farmers most of whom are unbanked. Lack of credit for coffee farmers leaves them vulnerable and susceptible to manipulation.
By leveraging the data collected from farmers for purposes of traceability and rural agricultural credit-scoring, it has been possible to provide unsecured agricultural loans of between $200 to $1,100 to more than 2,000 farmers in our supplier network so far through mobile telephone technology. This has served as an effective means to drive much needed rural financial access.
Financial inclusion provides a route for the farmers to manage their finances better in a country where only one in six citizens has a bank account.
Our farmers greatly appreciate our support to empower them and improve their livelihoods through their coffee. We continue to work with a number of partners to achieve this and through our model we are steadily raising the awareness of their coffee.
We buy coffee that is 100% Traceable which is possible through our links with the farmers formed into different village co-operatives.
Each of the current 32 village co-operative’s is a fully constituted business entity, registered as a CBO (Community Based Organisation). They have between 30 to 100 farmers each and are spread over 9 different sub-counties across the length and breadth of the Rwenzori mountains ranges.
The price we pay has greatly contributed to the improvement of post-harvest ethics and overall quality of the coffee ensuring that all coffee produced is traceable to its source.
Traceability is a key attribute in the 21st Century global economy and ensuring quality and traceability guarantees premiums for farmers.