This year we asked our director of purchasing and production, Todd Caspersen, to conduct a critical analysis of how we think our coffee farmer cooperatives are faring. His assessment is sobering. We have decided to share it in this space, unsparing and unfiltered, believing that this level of analysis will make all of us more informed and enable us to critically assess where in the years to come we can collectively make the most progress in building supply chains that truly work for small scale coffee farmers, Equal Exchange and our customers.
At Equal Exchange, our longstanding relationships with coffee co-ops allow us to source the best beans from each harvest. Then we carefully bring out the finest characteristics in these amazing coffee beans with each batch we roast.
Our origin coffees highlight the nuanced flavors that are unique to specific regions and geography. For our blends and espressos, we work with seasonal coffee beans to draw the right flavors and traits out, achieving consistent and dynamic profiles. Enjoy exploring what each coffee has to offer.
The Congo Coffee Project was created in partnership with the Panzi Foundation to support the medical programs of Panzi Hospital in the D.R. Congo.
Co-op Name: SOPACDI
Location: South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Number of Producers: 5,200; 20% are women farmers
Certified: Organic, Fair Trade
Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union
Name: Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union
Location: Shebedino Woreda, Sidama Zone, Ethiopia
Number of Producers: 85,000
The relationship between Equal Exchange and the farmers in northern Nicaragua has survived war, embargo, revolution, counter-revolution, and epic hurricanes.
From the Blog
January 9, 2018
I often tell people that the easiest part of being a green coffee buyer is actually buying the coffee. The much more complicated and interesting part of my job is collaborating with our producer partners to work on the issues and threats that coffee-growing communities face. One of the big contemporary threats to coffee production is the aging of coffee farmers.Carly Kadlec