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.