We're working to build an equitable and sustainable supply chain
We support the businesses of small scale farmers
Of the many actors and transaction points in a traditional supply chain, smallholder farmers and farmworkers see the smallest returns on every pound of coffee sold and often rely on many intermediaries who take a cut between them and buyers. For smallholders, annual yields can ranges from a few hundred kilograms to a few thousand kilograms, meaning smallholder farmers feel the impact of price and climate volatility the hardest. Sometimes we buy from individual farm owners and may purchase their entire annual production, but the majority of our coffee is produced by groups of smallholder farmers called co-operatives or producers associations. Other times we’ll buy from washing stations that purchase fresh coffee from smallholders in the region, transform and export it, and provide services to the farming community. These systems allow very small farmers to gain access to the marketplace, and oftentimes, provide an alternative to the commodities market where they would make far less return for their crop.
We demand price transparency
We purchase our coffee through a private market called the specialty market, where prices are negotiated above the commodity floor price, which, today, falls at well below the cost of production for the average small scale farmer. In this private market, value and pricing can be negotiated directly between farmers and buyers. We purchase coffee trough trusted importers who in turn purchase from exporters, co-operatives or washing stations. Accessing price paid to farmer in all supply chains is very challenging, but we are continuously working on long term price and payment discovery with our supply chain partners.
Today, our premiums support these projects:
> The purchase of new coffee tree seedlings > Farm-management training > The purchase of productivity inputs like fertilizer and mulch > Food security initiatives > Income diversification projects > Gender equity training > Investment in youth education > Access to healthcare
We invest in sustainable agriculture
> 100% of our coffees are shade grown > This year, 40% of our coffees were organic certified. You will find the certification on each coffee's single product page every single product page > If a coffee does not have an environmental certification, we buy from non-certified organic farms > We are part of the WCR Checkoff program. For every kg of coffee we sell, we donate a portion of proceeds towards World Coffee Research