Good coffee goes beyond taste.
The story of coffee is a human story.
Overcoming the odds
The women who produce our coffees are pioneers.
By sharing their stories and building a sustainable market, together we’re creating a more equitable and viable future.
To further promote more sustainable communities, we give 1% of sales to the Nuevo Amanecer Women’s Cooperative Scholarship Fund– a fund managed by its members, which provides access to higher education.
Investing in women is powerful. The benefits extend well beyond the household, and the impact is particularly significant in coffee-growing regions around the world.
Always rotating, our current offerings are featured here.
NICARAGUA LA FLORACIÓN
MIRAFLOR WOMEN’S COOPERATIVE
Our Nicaragua Single Origin “La Floración”, and all of our Coffee Infusions, are currently featuring coffee proudly sourced from the Women of Miraflor Cooperative; the women of Nuevo Amanacer contribute their coffees to this regional cooperative, and we gain direct access 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.
A MORE EQUITABLE COFFEE EXPERIENCE
Cooperative: Miraflor cooperative of women farmers
Region: Miraflor, Esteli, Nicaragua
Varietals: Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, Catuai
Coffee Process: Washed
Roasted by: Vega Coffee farmer roasters, Esteli, Nicaragua
ROTATING SMALLHOLDER COOPERATIVES
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 TO ELEVATE COFFEE FOR ALL
Current Cooperative: Maraba Abahuzamugambi
Region: Southern Province, Rwanda
Altitude: 1700 meters
Coffee Process: Washed
Roasted by: Corvus Coffee Roasters, Denver, Colorado
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CREATING A NEW COFFEE EXPERIENCE
All of our Nicaraguan coffees are sourced from Vega Coffee, a thriving startup based out of Esteli, Nicaragua. Vega empowers farmers with tools and training to turn their coffee from commodity to consumer-ready product. As a result, farmers in Nicaragua’s coffee country can earn more income for their coffee and play a key role in shaping a new, more equitable coffee experience.
Vega Coffee is coffee unlike any other: packaged and roasted by the same farmers who grew it and delivered direct to us within days of roasting.
FOR THOSE WHO VALUE CRAFT OVER CONSUMPTION
Corvus Coffee is one of Denver’s premier artisan roasters, embodying exceptional ethics and craftsmanship. With broad roasting expertise and well-established relationships with some of the most talented producers around the world, Corvus gives us access to amazing coffees.