Coffee’s green thumb is female

We’re not “pink quota” fanatics, but we’re familiar with many coffee producing countries, and know, sometimes rather intimately, the societies of which they’re comprised; societies that are often characterized by poverty and limited access to education. Are you ready to get to know some of them?

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It’s us again, from CaffèLab! What do you mean you don’t know who we are? In the last article we introduced ourselves and told you all about how we’re among the founding members of the Italian chapter of the IWCA, an association that’s committed to giving both communication and market space to coffees produced by female cooperatives.

We’re not “pink quota” fanatics, but we’re familiar with many coffee producing countries, and know, sometimes rather intimately, the societies of which they’re comprised; societies that are often characterized by poverty and limited access to education (the last girl who manages a coffee cooperative, who we interviewed for our Meet the Coffee Farmer series).

These days, unfortunately, when there’s a social context of oppression and violence, the first to suffer are the weakest, the poor, children and women.  That’s why, when we find someone who’s starting life with a disadvantage, who rolls up their sleeves and develops a worthy project, we like to see them succeed and try to do our own small part to make it happen. Success for these young women means allowing them to sell their coffee, giving them space and visibility on the market.

THE WOMAN’S COFFEE PROJECT SPECIALTY COFFEES FROM CAFFÈLAB

Those familiar with the concept of specialty coffee know that these coffees aren’t created to offer the same flavor as always, to reassure us with customs and traditions. Nope, they’re created to be diverse, each one with its own extraordinary terroir and botanical varieties, and different depending on the season and the harvest. 

If you think about it… coffee is, ultimately, an agricultural product and as such must be unique! Therefore, the coffees that we offer change, but on this always up-to-date list, you’ll find the best coffees produced by women, in the hopes that this list continues to grow rapidly! Are you ready to get to know some of them? Oh, I almost forgot: all of our coffees are roasted by Rob and only upon request (because with our coffees, freshness counts)!

NOVA CAFE DES MAMAS – RWANDA

A micro-batch obtained exclusively from Peaberry beans. What is that exactly? As you know, coffee is basically a cherry, that usually has two seeds inside. But in this case, within the drupe, a single, sometimes intensely aromatic, seed develops, a Peaberry, the abbreviation of “pearl berry”.

Adventurous The Rwandan women who cultivate these plots of land in the area of the Gicumbi District evidently do a very good job, given that their coffee has earned 84 technical tasting points according to the SCA scale. When we drink it, we understand why: Rwanda Nova Cafe des Mamas is an elegant and light bodied coffee with aromatic notes of black tea and chocolate, a strong citric acidity, and a pleasant sweetness.

MYANMAR THE LADY

Myanmar, the former Burma, is a breathtaking country, both dreamy and complicated at the same time, where exportation and the exploitation of children and women are the norm. That’s why we decided to promote this coffee only after getting to know Thi Ha Gyawalie and Su Nandar Linn, its founding partners, personally.

For them, being able to directly sell their coffee abroad, without obscure intermediation, means giving hope and a future to all women in the Ywangan region and in their country. Anyone who wants to know more about their project can contact them directly at this address

How’s their coffee? 85 points in the SCA tasting with notes of citrus and sweet dried fruit. Truly special! Fascinating.

PERÙ PACHAMAMA

The Seven Elements group has been working for years in the Oxapampa region, in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. They were the ones who put us in contact with the indigenous Yanesha community, whose women produce Pachamama coffee, which in the Quechua languagemeans “Mother Earth”.

Tasting “Mother Earth’s” coffee means experiencing exceptional sweetness, balanced citric acidity, a full body, and aromatic notes of cocoa, vanilla, and ripe strawberries, aromas which are exalted by the coffee’s approximately 18-hour aerobic fermentation process, ultimately earning it 86 points. Not too shabby!

EL SALVADOR LA ESPERANZA

88 hectares immersed in breathtaking views of the Santa Ana Volcano’s highlands in El Salvador. It’s here that the young women of the Pacas family work, producing a coffee which connects them to environmental and economic sustainability projects, and it’s here, at 1600 meters above sea level, that they produce the coffee of the La Esperanza micro-batch.

This high altitude leads to a coffee with a creamy body and notes of apricot and pineapple. You want to taste it, right? Its score? 84.5. They’re not messing around here either! Have you already tasted these coffees? If the answer is no… then you have to get on that immediately!

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