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We are so pleased to support these two female owned and run coffee co ops.
Nicaragua Flores del Cafe womens project coffee is not only produced by women but grown on land which they themselves own, improving the quality of their life and income. The coffee itself is beautifully rich and smooth with no acidity.
Similarly our Indonesia Pongo coffee, grown by the Ketiara coffee co op, founded in 2009 aims to inspire its women workers to come together to bring top quality coffees to the market, and in doing so increase their families income, education and wellbeing.
We really recommend trying this if you enjoy gorgeous coffees and supporting the empowering of women around the world.
Flores del Cafe
Nicaragua Flores Del Cafe coffee is produced exclusively by women. The goal of the Women’s Project is to improving the quality of life of its members.Flores del Café helps them to acquire a legal title to their land. This legal right is a pre-condition for being able to receive credits and loans for economic purposes.Usually, in Nicaragua, landownership is passed on from the fathers to their sons only. If women also own land, the income and quality of life of the families is increased. This arabica bean has a light acidity with an aroma of nuts and cherries and with a creamy smooth aftertaste – a fantastic coffee!
Indonesia Sumatra Pongo Org. Ketiara is a coffee cooperative run by women and formed by 1,000 members of who 90% are women. It was founded in 2009 and has been certified organic and fair trade since 2012. The members of Ketiara are proudly responsible for the entire value chain: they cultivate, process and export their organic coffees all by themselves. With a strong focus on social responsibility and sustainability.
Ketiara is a women-led cooperative. Located in Sumatra Aceh Gayo Highland. Ketiara has over 25 years of experience in coffee production. Beyond producing and trading premium quality coffee, Ketiara celebrates their value to promote women and younger farmer generation in coffee business.
Ketiara processing is giling basah or wet-hulled. This method is commonly used to process arabica in Indonesia, including Sumatra. It is basically flavour-altering processing method, which is vastly different from other commonly used styles. Broadly speaking, the giling basah process is a result of a combination of environmental conditions, market access, and traditions found in Indonesia which sets these coffees apart from the rest of the world.