The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
This seems incredibly important to us and more people need to know about it and be engaged with it. We should all want to play our part.
Our intention here is focus our energies on improving the lives and wellbeing of farmers, their families and communities by paying a fair price for the green coffee, searching out individuals and small companies as partners and collaborators to invest in working directly with farmers to increase quality and improvements to farming methods, reverse soil erosion and help land re-forestation programmes. And by bringing more women into the workforce and empowering women as coffee farmers and coffee farm owners to provide a proper future for their children as role models and income generators.
Sustainability is deeply rooted in our beliefs, and we are embracing the SDGs, especially goals 5, 8, 10 and 12.
We are focussed on fair and direct trade, reducing inequality in the supply chain, increasing gender quality by investing in all women coffee farms and building long term partnerships with like minded individuals and groups, to turn our beliefs into action and results.
For the past 3 years we have bought coffee from a cooperative in Rwanda that supports all women’s coffee growing groups. We have highlighted and raised money for the Hingakawa women’s coffee cooperative and even named one of our coffees after the mountain where they pick their coffee cherries.
We believe giving more women in coffee growing countries the opportunity to own their farms, be in charge of decision-making and be fully and properly rewarded for growing and harvesting their coffee is a critical element in bringing greater equality to their gender, their society and their chances to take care of their families.
We will continue to search out more farms that are owned and run by women.
Over 70% of the world’s coffee farmers live below a sustainable level, forced by prevailing market conditions and immense coffee corporations and middlemen to sell their coffee below a living income level. A vicious cycle that stops farmers growing out of their often impoverished state.
We work through small import partners to bring our green coffee directly from the farms to our Roastery in Amsterdam. We can trace our coffees right back to the farm it came from and the price the farmer was paid. We pay the right price for the exceptional quality we receive. Not only ‘fair’ but enough for the farmer and his community to make a living income.
We also pay a premium on all our coffees that is reinvested in programmes on that farm or that cooperative to improve quality such as land rehabilitation, reversing soil erosion, and fully equipped testing labs. Education programmes around processing methods help to maximise the potential in all the coffees and the price that will be paid for them.
This helps farmers grow. Helps families and communities thrive. And creates a more virtuous circle.
In 2022 we will begin a programme to support additional farms and communities through our purchasing power and knowledge.
The coffee value is massively weighed in favour of the end producer, not the farmer. Very lop-sided. All right-minded coffee people want to push more of this value creation back down the chain towards the farmer.
One way is to shorten that value chain by having less people in the chain, taking a profit at each stage.
We buy our coffees directly through small importers who buy directly from the farm. A very short chain that delivers a living income as a minimum to all our farmers.
We are part of a wider community of fair trading coffee companies all doing the same, allowing the importers to demonstrate full transparency and invest time, energy and resources in cross promoting and improving the quality of coffee practices and farming methods to justify and increase the price of the coffee cherries produced.
Our footprint on this planet is too great. Over consumption and harmful (often irresponsible) production methods have contributed massively to climate change, which is now having a knock on effect on coffee growing countries and their farmers. Available land for growing coffee trees is declining and as global temperatures rise, the previously balanced climatic mix that allows forests and coffee growing areas to flourish is tilted and coffee yields are declining. This pushes up prices as supply of coffee seems to be in doubt.
Living and eating healthier, greener, seems an obvious goal to us. Less meat, more plant based foods and materials is a growing positive trend.
Our plant-based coffee capsules are a small step to leaving a smaller footprint on our planet. A by-product of the sugar industry rather than being dug out of the ground with all the toxic emissions and energy that goes into making aluminium capsules is a better way to go.
Want to learn more? – for more information and explanations of the SDGs, go here: https://sdgs.un.org/goals.