Commitment to Partnerships
Commitment to Partnerships
Menno has recently returned from his travels in Africa. On the way, establishing new partnerships with people who make what we do possible. We continue visiting coffee origins to build connections with our farmers and sustain the quality of coffee that we love to drink.
Doing Better, Together
First stop, Kenya, the champagne region of coffee.
Menno begins his journey at small coffee estate in Kirinyaga county. Greeted by bright red delicious coffee cherries and farm workers on ladders at the top of tall coffee trees (staying careful not to damage them!). He is welcomed by farm owner, Alvans Mutero. A former accountant who returned from Nairobi to run his portion of the family farm, where he now lives with his wife, Mary.
On our visit, we donated to Alvans a high-quality moisture meter, which can be used during the drying process. Helping to increase technical precision to improve consistency, yield and quality. Our work doesn’t stop there. Menno is currently working on new initiatives in Kenya – including shade drying, providing specialist agronomic training to farmers and introducing special organic fertilizers.
Establishing long-term partnerships means using our experience to tackle challenges in the industry together with our farmers – to achieve a shared end goal: developing a quality product. Not only to please the tastebuds of our loyal coffee-enthusiasts, but also to enable Alvans share his beautiful coffee around the world.
Alvans coffee has just arrived in the Netherlands, safe in our hands! So you can get a taste of the adventure for yourself… very soon!
Women in Coffee
Next stop, DR Congo, where Menno is welcomed by the amazing women working in coffee.
70% of labour in coffee production is provided by women. However, empirical evidence shows that women working in coffee have systematically lower access to resources, such as land, credit and information, than men. This results in a measurable gender gap.
On his travels Menno has been searching for opportunities to establish a supply chain capable of providing consistent, fantastic quality coffee. During his time in the DR Congo Menno went to visit the Congolese coffee sorting ladies in Butembo. Seeking to establish a value chain which can benefit the lives of these women.
At BOCCA, we have a commitment to improving the lives of women in the coffee industry and a focus on promoting gender equality. Developing sustainable supply chains which provide access to skills and education empower women involved in coffee production. Helping to enable women to produce more efficiently, achieve higher yields and increase farm profits.
We continue to work on building partnerships and providing opportunities for ladies working in coffee. Empowering women in coffee, is improving the coffee industry.
True Price Society
Choose True Price, Drink BOCCA!
It’s official! The true price report has landed, the results are in and we are proud to share our findings.
A Recap on True Price
As you may (or may not) know we have been working hard to calculate the true price of our coffee.
With every product that you buy – traces are left behind. Coffee is no exception. Co2 emissions, deforestation, and farmer wage exploitation, are just a handful of issues, not included in the final price. This just isn’t good enough for us.
True price is a new pricing system which incorporates the environmental and social costs associated with a product. Including these “hidden” costs in the final sales price, to provide our customers with complete price transparency and the opportunity to create a genuinely sustainable impact.
Why should you pay the true price?
Working towards a sustainable future requires a huge effort from everyone. If we do not act soon, the coffee industry will not survive. With variable climate conditions already affecting global supply and quality. And large imbalances in the supply chain which means that farmers cannot sustain a living wage and are leaving the coffee industry for good.
The true price movement allows you to tackle major issues across the chain. Building a more sustainable coffee industry, for future generations. To keep enjoying the coffee that we all love to drink and celebrating the partners that make us who we are.
Mind the Gap
Speaking directly with our farmers, we investigate the actual cost of our coffee. Using a methodologically approved and verifiable approach, we demonstrate that our impact is low. Making it possible for you to pay the true price.
We find there is just a ONE CENT price gap for each cup of coffee sold. Which means all YOU have to do is go the extra cent when you drink BOCCA coffee. Payments are used to tackle and prevent harmful impact inside the value chain. It is now easier than ever to create sustainable value by drinking speciality coffee.