Cloudland Coffee

Cloudland Coffee

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Sustainable grown ground coffee

Ethiopia

Tasting notes: Green tea like with notes of orange blossom. Light bodied and mild acidity.

Region: Sidamo

Farm: Horizon Farm - Addis Ababa

Certification at Origin: Organic

Altitude: 1,400 to 2,200 meters above sea level

Processing: Washed

Background: Sidamo producers are known for “garden coffee” which is grown in kebeles (small villages). The coffee is planted at low density, ranging from 1000 to 1800 trees per hectare. All of the coffee produced under this system is agronomically organic.

Sumatra

Tasting Notes: "Sweet with tart and tangy citric acidity and a heavy mouthfeel; lots of roasted red pepper and grapefruit with chocolate and fresh clean earthy flavors."

Region: Aceh

Variety: Typica Types, Modern Hybrids

Farm: 282 women smallholder farms

Certification at Origin: Organic

Altitude: 1200-1600 meters above sea level

Background from our importer: There are a total of 282 producers that contributed this organically produced coffee, all of whom are women. These women either own, or manage a farm of an average area of 1.5 hectares. The Item Reje Gayo cooperative works with this group of women producers, helping to educate in terms of production practices, and overseeing the application of a premium that was included in the purchase of this coffee. The use of the premium was decided by majority vote taken among all women members at a village meeting. This year’s premium will be put towards purchasing new farm tools: shovels, hoes, saws, and shears — for all members. As for the future, Reje Gayo believes this program will continue to grow and promote the ability of women producers through education and an organized support system.

Honduras

Tasting Notes: 

Medium Roast Option: Light bodied, with light acidity. Notes of nuttiness. 

Dark Roast Option: Full bodied with well balanced acidity and notes of dark chocolate and toasted nuts.

Region: San Miguel, La Paz, Marcala

Farm: 77 smallholder women members of Cooperativa RAOS

Certification at Origin: Organic

Altitude: 1200–1700 meters above sea level

Processing: Washed

Background from our importer: 

One of the reasons the Cooperativa RAOS is determined to market its women members' coffee is that 60 percent of the women face gender-based legal issues with regards to the ownership of their land, as well as limitations to the credit they can receive to finance the harvest every year. In addition to the program premiums these women receive for this lot, Cooperativa RAOS has many very active educational support programs open to all members. Gender assemblies are held by female members in order to discuss the women's needs, as well as ways of increasing equity within the group and community.

"Gender equity means that women and men have the right to equal and fair access to the use, control, and benefits from the same goods and services of society, as well as to decision-making in the areas of social, economic, and social life, as well as politics." This is Cooperativa RAOS's mission statement with regards to gender, a philosophy that the organization supports through the development of training farms, as well as integrated farm-management programs, and in increasing access to these programs as well as organic-farming support to all members, including the female growers.