Our coffee from Rwanda
Our first edition of Fucking Strong Coffee comes from a Direct Trade relationship with the growers of Buhuri, a tiny village tucked in the hills of Rwanda. About 2,000 meters above sea level, the region’s volcanic soil produces distinctive, citrus-forward specialty coffees.
The smallholder farmers of Buhuri are members of Twongerekawa Coko, a cooperative society who we’ve partnered with since August 2018.
Coko realizes that empowered women make for empowered communities: eight of the twelve members of their leadership council are women, and frequent community meetings offer a forum for women to lead investment and development discussions.
In the past three years, Coko has re-invested the premiums that buyers like us pay to build a water catchment system, purchase a water-saving Colombian machine washer, and increase their biodiversity efforts. These are examples of the type of localized, high-impact sustainability efforts that will allow smallholder farmers to weather fast-approaching climate change challenges.
Taste: Bright citrus, kiwi, and orange peel.
Our coffee from Nicaragua
Our second edition of Fucking Strong Coffee comes from Nueva Segovia, a northern Nicaraguan province that hugs the country’s border with Honduras.
We’ve partnered with Expocamo, an inspiring specialty coffee export project based in Oconal.
Expocamo is working to raise the profile of Nicaraguan specialty coffee by building long-term relationships between their network of small coffee producers and specialty roasters around the globe. Their commitment to trust, transparency, traceability and honesty underlies everything they do.
Expocamo is focused on sustainable development for farmers and their communities. Their team of agronomists, cuppers, and coffee professionals work closely with their growers to steadily increase crop quality and improve the region’s agricultural health.
Taste: Dark chocolate, raspberry, and passion fruit.