Specialty green coffee traders, sourcing from 26 origins on behalf of over 1000 roasters.

Date

Falcon & The Coffee Gardens, Uganda
Coffee gardens

Origin: Uganda, Mt. Elgon

Timeline: 2019-2022

Partner orgs: Rabo Foundation, Marie Stopes International, Solidaridad, Vi Agroforestry, LSE, World Agroforestry Centre

Budget:

People: 328 registered farmers

Gender:

THE OPPORTUNITY

The Coffee Gardens was established in 2017 with the goal of producing specialty coffee in an ethical way, offering a transparent and direct link between coffee farmers and coffee consumers.At the heart of their business model is the concept of the triple-bottom-line, where economic, social,and environmental goals are equally valued and prioritised. A healthy environment and motivated producers are crucial to producing and maintaining quality in coffee. Conversely, environmental degradation and farmer vulnerability are a threat to our future.

THE PLAN

Our commitment to coffee purchases based on quality allows The Coffee Gardens to offer, with confidence, higher pricing in a transparent business model to their registered farmers year after year, driving farmer loyalty and strengthening the group. In 2022 we are coming into the final year of our three-year long MOU with The Coffee Gardens, which is based on buying all coffees based on the relation between quality and pricing. In 2022we continue to support the promotion of a Gofundme campaign to raise funds to build a new section of their washing station. The need here is to raise $10,000.

THE RESULTS

There was a 71% loyalty rate for producers in the 2020-21 harvest cycle to The Coffee Gardens due to their transparent pricing system and pricing-for-quality approach. All farmers saw an average increase of between 12-23% in earnings where they supplied mixed coffees to local traders. At the beginning of the 2021-22 harvest they are seeing farmers returning who received pre-harvest loans at a time when the market is at its highest.

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