Asoapia Pereira Colombia
We are very proud that all our Colombian coffee is directly sourced from Asoapia in Pereira Colombia via Francisco Herrera and his team. This relationship was established in May 2009 and this picture of Francisco was taken during a visit to La Clarita Farm, Colombia, by our managing director Bryan Unkles.
During this period of time we have developed a strong producer partnership and direct links like this help us to understand the challenges they face so that we can assist and also bring to life the complex, fascinating story the coffee has taken from the bean to your cup.
We arranged for Francisco to visit the UK in 2010 during Fairtrade Fortnight to see the impact that the care and attention that he and his farmers take brings great pleasure to our consumers throughout the UK. Francisco travelled from Southampton to Glasgow with Cafeology to visit a wide a variety of customers and explain the difference it has made to them and how much they value our support. We also welcomed him back in May 2014 to celebrate out 10th anniverary of trading, and the opening of our first coffee 'pod' in Sheffield.
Coope Dota Costa Rica
We also direcly source coffee from Roberto Mata Naranjo at the Coope Dota plantation in the Tarrazu coffee growing region of Costa Rica.
This area is protected by the Bustamante and Dota mountains ranges on the Pacific slopes and is home to mystic birds, lush forests and excellent coffee planted in the small valleys and foothills of the mountains.
Conacado & Yacao Dominican Republic
Our chocolate is produced in the Dominican Republic by the Conacado and Yacoa plantations.
Date Established: 1985
Number of Members: 9,590
Annual Production: 6,500 / 13,300 Tonnes
Date Established: 1999 in the Yamasa region close to Santo Domingo.
Yacoa has grown from 84 families in 2004 to more than 1300 affiliated families in 2008 and is now established as a reliable local enterprise and exporter with social responsibility employing approximately 30 permanent and up to 60 seasonal workers. In addition to its Fairtrade trade certification it is holds organic certification including internal control systems. The co-operative uses the Fairtrade premium by 42% going directly to the farmers with their written commitment to use the premium for improvements of their cocoa plantations. A further 42% handed over to local groups to invest in community projects such as purchase of material for meeting facilities or ensuring water supply and community roads construction. The balance 16% is put aside for the administartion of the small farmer organisation Fundopo.
Chinga Tea Plantation Kenya
Our Teaology Fairtrade certified tea is sourced directly from the Chinga Tea plantation at Nyeri in Kenya after forming an alliance with Global Tea who are based in Mombasa. The plantation is one of 57 small holder factories managed by the Kenyan Tea Development Agency K.T.D.A.
The tea is picked from gardens located at the base of Mount Kenya on the equator at an altitude of 2400m above sea level, which has an average rainfall of 2200mm thus developing the fertile vibrant green fields.
Kasinthula Cane Growers (KCG) Co-Operative Malawi
The Kasinthula Cane Growers smallholders project is located in the inhospitable Shire Valley region in the south of Malawi, one of the poorest countries in Southern Africa. Agriculture provides a livelihood for over 85% of the population, of which around 90% are small holders. Sugar is the third biggest export earner and the development of this is constrained by high input costs, inadequate health facilities, lack of agricultural support, and lack of appropriate technology.
Set up in 1996 and Fairtrade certified in 2002 the co-operative has 282 members. They split the Fairtrade premium 30% direct cash payment to farmers to help pay for neccessities, 30% for community projects, support for water and electricity supply, health centres, school and roads etc.. The remianing 40% is used for initiatives to ensure the sustainability of the business (annual plough-out and replant, replacement and of vital machinery).
KCG faces hugh financial challenges, but its partnership with Fairtrade is bringing tangible benefits to the community.