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The latest chapter in our ongoing partnership with the Kopakama collective in Rwanda. Funds from the sale of this zingy Red Bourbon micro-lot will be reinvested in providing over 83,000 new coffee, fruit and shade trees for the collective’s 418 women farmers. Each pack you buy will fund 100 trees for each member.
Lovingly cultivated by Ejo Heza (meaning Beautiful Tomorrow), the women’s committee of the Kopakama cooperative, this high scoring, gorgeous Red Bourbon micro-lot zings with citrussy sweetness – and there are only 850 packs in existence.
Our partnership with Kopakama is all about empowering the co-op’s farmers to produce high quality coffee, and run profitable, sustainable businesses. Funding 200 additional seedlings for each member will create 3 opportunities: to plant more coffee trees to keep their farms young, new and productive; to plant shade trees to protect their coffee against heat stress; and to plant fruit trees to provide an additional income.
We started buying coffee from Kopakama
We helped the collective reach Rainforest Alliance Certification, donating £13,000 for a waste water recycling and cleaning system as part of the preparation
We helped the Ejo Heza committee purchase a demo plot - an experimental farm that allows the female farmers to practice new skills and farming techniques.
Working with our trading partners, Twin, we also used our investment of £30,000 to help bolster their existing savings and loans scheme, which gives members access to small loans and training in business, finance and farming.
A further £20,000 investment extended the loan and training programme so more women could take part.
Farmer training lead to even better coffee – and a microlot grown by the Ejo Heza members achieves an SCA score of 85.5 (that’s this one!)
Beautiful Tomorrow - Grown by Women coffee launches
This is a beautifully crisp, smooth and citrussy Red Bourbon coffee. The washed process helps to develop a zesty, orange-like flavour, and there’s some caramelly sweetness which balances out that tang. In the background, we get hints of jasmine.
Variety: Red Bourbon
SCA Score: 85.5
Brown sugar | Orange | Jasmine
120g / 8 cups
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