Our Women's Coffee ProgramMesa_de_trabajo_1 (2)

Let's raise awareness on WHY it is important to
close gender gaps and HOW we can take action

 

Our approach to achieving gender equity in coffee-producing communities

Despite evidence that their inclusion strengthens productivity, quality, and communities, women coffee farmers are far too often excluded from decision-making, training and leadership opportunities.

We’re committed to partnering with women coffee producers and their families to improve livelihoods and achieve gender equity. Our Relationship Coffee Model approach prioritizes three areas:

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Improved Quality

Sourcing: For women coffee producers, Relationship Coffee means we are not only committed to building strong relationships between roasters and producers, but to also pay active attention to the unique and substantial challenges women face related to building sourcing relationships, identify opportunities for continuous improvement, and work collaboratively to address them.

Las Hermanas

Investment: Gender equity will not be achieved by sourcing alone. We collaborate with producers, roasters, philanthropists, social financiers, best-in-class NGOs, and governments to design and implement locally-driven projects and programs reaching nearly 40,000 women coffee farmers worldwide.

 

Rwandan Women

Collaboration:  To facilitate systemic action with expert guidance, we turn to producers, cooperatives, top academics, innovative philanthropists, and industry leading organizations to identify opportunities to drive change beyond what occurs through our sourcing relationships, projects, and programs.

Our Impact On Women Farmers

Our story of sourcing women's coffee began in 2003 when we partnered with the Las Hermanas women's growing collective in Nicaragua. Leading roasters like Peet's Coffee and Cafe Moto became long-term buyers of this high-quality coffee—which we still source to this day. In many ways, the Las Hermanas brand helped put women growers on the map in the specialty coffee industry, highlighting the possibilities of strong, dedicated women farmers to thrive in the marketplace

With the success of Las Hermanas, we began to seek out and develop relationships with women growers from around the globe, and are fortunate to have developed particularly strong relationships with women farmers in Rwanda, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras and Colombia that continue to grow. 

 

Purchase Women-Grown Coffee

There's no mistaking that our women-grown coffees are some of the highest-quality coffees we have to offer. To view our current women-grown spot coffees available for immediate purchase, click here or on the links below!

Abakundakawa, Rwanda : Women's Coffee
Mayogi, Rwanda: Women's Coffee
Gashonga, Rwanda: Women's Coffee
Dukunde Kawa, Rwanda: Musasa Women's Lot
Cesmach, Mexico: El Triunfo Café de Mujer
Union y Fe, Peru: Sumac Warmi
Asproguate, Guatemala: Fuerza de Mujer

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Mujeres Cafeteras, Colombia

Coocentral’s Mujeres Cafeteras (Women’s Coffee) program started from an initiative to teach and empower 300 women coffee growers in the municipalities of Garzón, Pital, and El Agrado. Through Best Agricultural Practices training, the women learn technical skills in coffee harvesting, fermentation, and drying that they use to develop a differentiated cup profile with added value.

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Nyampinga, Rwanda

Since 2013 the women of Nyampinga have received training in agronomy, market access, and quality control from Sustainable Growers. The result of the farmer's hard work and enhanced knowledge of coffee production has been a resounding improvement in cup quality. Nyampinga coffees are among finest available in all of Rwanda.

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Soppexcca, Nicaragua

Like many cooperatives, there was a time when Soppexcca struggled with its financial management. However, beginning in the early 2000s, a charismatic and inspiring leader named Fatima Ismael led Soppexcca from a state of debt and low member trust to one of the most successful cooperatives in Nicaragua with solid businesses practices, extremely transparent operations, and progressive initiatives to improve gender equality within the co-op.

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COMUCAP, Honduras

COMUCAP is an organization of women growers who formed their own growing collective after suffering from domestic violence and economic insecurity due to gender discrimination. Empowered with new economic opportunity through specialty coffee and other products, many of the women have been able to purchase their own land, perpetuating economic stability and freedom while breaking a cycle of abuse.

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Interested in sourcing coffee from women farmers? Get in touch.