A MORE EQUITABLE COFFEE EXPERIENCE
Cooperative: UCA Miraflor cooperative of women farmers
Region: Miraflor, Esteli, Nicaragua
Varietals: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Catuai
Coffee Process: Wet Process
Roasted by: Vega Coffee farmer roasters, Esteli, Nicaragua
We proudly source our Nicaragua Miraflor Single Origin Cold Brew Coffee and all our Organic Infusion Cold Brew Coffees from the UCA Miraflor Cooperative via Vega Coffee, a thriving startup based out of Esteli, Nicaragua.
Vega Coffee is reinventing the coffee supply chain to benefit coffee farmers and drinkers alike. By sourcing with Vega, our coffee is roasted by the same farmers who grew it and shipped directly to us.
Most farmers sell their coffee as a commodity to middlemen, leaving farmers with the most at stake earning the smallest share. Vega is doing things differently. They work with small-scale farmers and give them the tools and training to roast and package their coffee, which allows them to earn up to four times more per pound. Vega Coffee is grown, roasted, packaged and shipped from its point of origin.
The additional income earned by coffee farmers has a tangible impact, funding community initiatives like better education for children and greater access to healthcare. Vega's farmer roasters play a significant role in transforming their communities with knowledge and lifelong skills that go beyond the farm.
Learn more at www.vegacoffee.com.
Our current offering from Rwanda is from the Maraba cooperative, and we couldn't be more excited to share this great coffee with you. By sourcing through Sustainable Harvest® from Maraba, our coffee is directly tied to their remarkable efforts, impacts the livelihoods of low-income women farmers, and creates the basis for more transparent trade, improved quality, and higher prices.
In the wake of the Rwandan Civil War and genocide, the Maraba cooperative started as an economic and social initiative to revitalize the region. In 2001, Maraba was recognized for producing specialty coffee, after partnering with PEARL (Partnership for Enhancing Agriculture in Rwanda through Linkages) and later SPREAD, projects funded by USAID. With the help of these organizations, the cooperative expanded its infrastructure and technical training from industry experts.
When coffee cherries are ripe, members hand-pick and sort to ensure consistency and quality. Next, the cherries are de-pulped and the beans are transferred to fermentation tanks. The beans are washed again, and then floated through a system of water channels to separate good, dense beans. The beans are transferred to another tank and soaked for up to 12 hours, after which they undergo pre-drying and co-op members hand-sort defective beans before full drying.
In 2002, Maraba achieved Fair Trade certification and is proudly the first Fair Trade single-origin coffee from Rwanda. Maraba uses the premiums for community development projects such as health care, education, and women’s programs, purchasing depulping machines, and addressing waste water management issues. These premiums also help to offer second payment to members.
In 2003, under the guidance of Project PEARL, the cooperative adopted its own banking branch, serving community members and providing new employment opportunities.
Learn more at www.sustainableharvest.com.
INVESTING AT ORIGIN TO ELEVATE COFFEE FOR ALL
Current Cooperative: Maraba Abahuzamugambi
Region: Southern Province, Rwanda
Altitude: 1700 meters
Coffee Process: Wet Process
Roasted by: Corvus Coffee Roasters, Denver, Colorado