In 2018, we're featuring a rotating array of coffees grown by female coffee growers around the world under our "Campesinas" label and donating $1 for every pound sold to Cafe Femenino. Since 2004, Café Femenino has been an ethical sourcing model committed to ending the cycle of poverty afflicting women coffee farmers across the world. Café Femenino provides direct compensation to women farmers, along with the opportunity and resources to enact positive change in their communities and on their own terms. And so our new CAMPESINAS coffee is a beautiful Colombian bean from the highlands of Narina.
Colombia's half-a-century-long armed conflict has deeply wounded the country's rural areas. Today, rural and indigenous women suffer the highest levels of poverty, social exclusion and discrimination. According to national statistics, 41.9 per cent of rural women-led households live in poverty. There's a lot of great work being done, especially by Mercedes Ruiz, pictured above. Association of Rural Women Almaguereñas (AMURA), with the support of UN Women as partner of the SDG Fund Joint Programme in Colombia. (Learn more). And we can do more by supporting.
The coffee? It's a Narino Excelso grown by Ligia Ruano, part of the Alianza Cafe, where she manages 5,000 coffee trees in her high mountain coffee farm, incorporating 24-hour fermentation followed by drying the beans in revised parabolic beds. The taste? A more complex Colombian worthy of specialty coffee: sure it's rich and chocolate-y, but it also has amazing caramel, lime and grapefruit notes that make it come alive. Give it a try, and support women and peace while you're at it. Thank you.
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