Most of our Coffee originates from Fairtrade co-operatives, with the remainder coming from private farms, many of whom we have helped to achieve internationally recognised certifications.  In all cases, we pay our producers a fair price. And we make sure their workers enjoy good living standards.

Walking the Walk:

  • Matthew Algie introduced the first Fairtrade espresso beans to the UK in 1997

  • In 2004 we launched the world's first triple certified espresso (we now have six in our range)

  • Over 90% of our total coffee volume is Fairtrade certified

  • We go beyond Fairtrade, developing sources in challenging environments such as D.R. Congo

CECOVASA, Peru

(Central de Cooperativas Agrarias Cafetalarias de los Valles de Sandia)
CECOVASA

 

Region: Sandia Valley, Puno
Altitude: 800-1750m
Varietals: Predominantly Caturra. Also Typica, Bourbon
Processing method: Washed
Harvest period: Apr -Sep
Certifications: Fairtrade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance
Cup profile: 100% Arabica with some fruity acidity and medium to heavy body

 



CECOVASA was founded in 1970, it comprises eight cooperatives and has over 6,500 members, most of which are from the indigenous Quechen and Aymaran ethnicities. CECOVASA provides logistical support, farm technical assistance, access to credit and training to its members, as well as coordinating warehousing, milling, marketing, and exporting of certified organic, Fairtrade and gourmet coffee to the US and European markets.

 

Positive changes the Fairtrade premium has made:

  • Investment in office, farming and production equipment has ensured a better quality bean
  • Additional investment has been made in a central cupping laboratory, supported by training in quality control
  • Sewer systems have been installed and a hydroelectric plant is now supplying energy to the area
  • School access has been improved and the children of 3,500 member families are now in school
  • The Committee for the Development of Women (CODEMU) provides a forum for discussion and training to over 500 women empowering them in senior roles within the community and CECOVASA itself
  • Investment is also protecting biodiversity in the Bahuaja Sonene National Park and the Tambopata Candamo Natural Reserve
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COCAFCAL, Honduras

(Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada)
COCAFCAL

Region: Copan
Altitude: 1400-1600 metres
Harvest period: Jan-Apr
Certifications: Fairtrade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance
Varietals: Caturra, Catuai, Paca and Bourbon
Processing method: Washed
Cup profile: Well balanced, medium bodied coffee with fresh green apple and citrus notes

 

COCAFCAL is located in Western Honduras, incorporating 12 communities in the municipalities of San Pedro, Copan and Corquin. COCAFCAL's mission is to promote the sustainable development of the local economy. It strives to develop financial, technical, productive and marketing services within the framework of its cooperative. The group has obtained Fair Trade, Organic and Rainforest Alliance certification in the past few years, adding value to the quality of the coffee they produce. COCAFCAL's programs benefit approximately 2,500 people. The cooperative's General Assembly has 10 members, nine of whom are women.

 

Positive changes the Fairtrade premium has made:

  • COCAFCAL has invested in new coffee processing equipment, including four new coffee dryers that will triple their processing speeds
  • COCAFCAL has dedicated $5,000 of Fairtrade premiums towards organic certifications.
  • Premium funds have been used towards an environmental stewardship campaign. As an example,  $4,000 was provided to construct environmentally friendly stoves in the homes of 97 community members. The new stoves will reduce the amount of smoke exhausted into the homes and will reduce the amount of firewood needed for cooking by 70% - which is important for conservation of local cloud forest ecosystems and habitats.
  • COCAFCAL used $14,000 to purchase land and construct a football pitch in the community of Plantares, Capucas
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KPG, Sumatra

(Koperasi Permata Gayo)
KPG

Region: Takengon,  Aceh province, Sumatra
Varietals: Arabica Sumatra, Mandheling, Gayo Permata
Altitude: 1,200 to 1,650m
Harvest:  Oct - Jun
Certifications: Fairtrade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance
Processing Method: Semi washed
Cup Profile: The characteristics of the Arabica coffee include a full bodied, earthy flavour with rich, spicy and chocolate notes and a hint of dark caramel

 

KPG is located in the Aceh Province of Sumatra. KPG started with 50 members in 2005 after many people in the region returned to their land after years of civil war. The group now comprises approximately 2,900 members in 36 villages, of which an estimated 25% are women. In 2007 they earned Organic certification and in 2008 their coffee became Fair Trade certified. Some farms also have Rainforest Alliance certification.

Positive changes the Fairtrade premium has made:

  • Premium receipts have enabled KPG to invest in organic certification
  • Working capital for the group, including farm equipment of various types
  • A food programme during the low season
  • A microcredit program for women and a members welfare fund
  • The construction of a number of 100m² cement drying patios for collectors
  • A safe working environment has led to redevelopment of coffee plantations to focus on cup quality and environmental certifications
  • Each nearby village makes a proposal to KPG's general assembly,  from which around 20 projects are chosen for support

 

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OCFCU, Ethiopia

(Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union)
Addisu Shoroka and Negale Mesele and their family - Killenso Mokonisa

Region: Killenso Mokonisa and Killenso Rasa
Altitude: up to 2200 metres
Varietals:  Yirgacheffe, Sidamo, Limu, Harar
Processing method: Washed (Harar is dry processed)
Harvest period: Sep - Dec
Certifications: Fairtrade, Organic, Rainforest Alliance
Cup profile: Bright acidity, well-balanced, fragrant, with floral notes- quite often possesses delicate tea like characteristics (although Harar has its own unique flavour profile)

 

Oromia is the largest coffee co-operative in Ethiopia comprising over 200 community level co-ops representing over 200,000 farmer families throughout all of the main coffee growing regions in Ethiopia.

We've been sourcing from this organisation since 2000 and we've developed community level sources in Sidamo (Borena), Yirgacheffe, Djimma and Harar. This means we have access to some stunning coffees from super smooth fragrant Limus from Kenteri in Djimma to aromatic Yirgs from the Ngelle Gorbitu and Homa co-ops. Further South we source classic Sidamo's from the high altitude Borena zone from Killenso Mokonisa and Killenso Rasa communities. To the North we buy select lots of Harar from the Illili Daratu co-op, full of plummy juiciness like the best naturals from this region.

Positive Changes the Fairtrade Premium has made:

28 member co-ops of OCFCU in 2012 are Fairtrade certified and these have generated significant Fairtrade premiums over the years to support both social and capacity building projects. With access to education still a significant issue in rural Africa these community co-op's have focused on school building and expansion; first tackling access to primary education before building secondary level capacity. To date there have been 86 separate school projects ranging from building 25 primary schools from scratch to adding library and kindergarten facilities. Elsewhere projects have looked at access to clean water and healthcare provision.

At the heart of the Fairtrade premium system however is the need to build business capacity to drive long-term sustainable small-holder enterprise. OCFCU have helped communities deliver around 90 capital projects including wet mill improvements and one of the best export processing facilities in all of Africa located near Addis Ababa which opened in 2011. This 10-year landmark project has allowed small-holder farmers to have direct ownership in all of the production process through to export for the first time in Ethiopia.

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