Women Producer coffees from around the world! Coffee grown by women, produced by women, and organizations managed by women., these coffees stand out from the rest. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this coffee is donated to the Greater San Marcos Youth Council, an organization dedicated to helping at-risk families in Hays County, Texas.
As women roasters, we are very interested in promoting and supporting the hard work done by women coffee growers around the world. Women Producer coffees raise awareness of gender inequity and inequality issues in coffee-producing countries. By separating out women’s lots and supporting women-owned farms, women growers are financially empowered through sourcing and sales efforts. We source coffees through our importers from women in associations and cooperatives, with the women receiving a gender-equity premium pay on top of the quality-based initial price of their coffee. By sourcing coffees grown by women producers in this way, we seek to financially empower them within their families, communities, and within the industry. We hope to make positive strides toward increasing women’s visibility within the supply chain. To learn more about women producers and women in the coffee industry, click here.
We source women producer coffees from 6 different countries. Each country is listed below with a link to the page where you can buy the coffee. We strongly believe in giving back to our community, therefore a portion of the proceeds from the sale of our Women Producer coffees is donated to the Greater San Marcos Youth Council, an organization dedicated to helping at-risk families in Hays County, Texas.
COLOMBIA: Our Colombia coffee is sourced from ASMUCAFE (Asociación de Mujeres Agropecuarias de Uribe). an organization of women farmers and landowners in El Tambo, a municipality within Cauca. The women’s mission is to improve their families’ quality of life through coffee farming, and to contribute positively to their community by working together and sharing resources, knowledge, and support. “Our work is determined by our values such as responsibility, honesty, commitment, respect, solidarity, and competitiveness.” Buy our coffee from these amazing women here.
Ethiopia: One of our Ethiopia offerings is from Tsigue Jigso Oda, a female producer in the Yirgacheffe region. She owns a 9 hectare farm that she operates with the help of her 8 children and her extended family. She is spearheading the way for quality focused Ethiopian farmers to produce and sell their coffees directly to international markets. Two years ago, Tsigue was voted the most successful farmer in her locality and was awarded a special permit to export her coffee direct. Learning to export coffee has proven quite challenging. The service infrastructure to support farmers like Tsigue is slowly emerging, but it still presents farmers with many challenges. To order this Natural processed Yirgacheffe coffee from Tsigue, click here.
Guatemala: Our women producer coffee from the Huehuetenango region comes from ASPROCDEGUA (Asociación de Productores de Café Diferenciados y Especiales de Guatemala). A producing organization with 664 contributing members, 394 of whom have organic certification, and 90 of whom are women who participate in the group’s Manos de Mujer program. The organization offers its members access to technical assistance and routinely provides services such as soil analysis, test farms, and social projects based on food security, education, and nutrition. The premium earned for their Women Coffee Producers lots goes toward organic fertilizer distributed to the women farmers, and other benefits. In 2020, the premium was used to purchase dairy cows for the women, which were distributed to both augment their household nutrition and to give them better access to organic matter from which to make their own organic compost. To buy some of this chocolaty nutty coffee from Guatemala, click here.
Honduras: Cooperativa RAOS (Regional de Agrícultores Orgánicos de la Sierra) has a core membership of 270 farmers, 77 of whom are women coffee producers and are active members. RAOS’s leadership is determined to increase gender equity among its members, specifically with regards to legal complications related to gender-based restrictions on owning farmland, as well as the greater degree of difficulty women often face in security credit and financing before the harvest. Cooperativa RAOS holds regular gender assemblies to discuss the women’s needs as well as to ensure their voices are heard and considered, and the organization also holds educational workshops for its members that are open to all. To order delicious well-balanced coffee from these women, click here.
Mexico: In 2005, six women members of the CESMACH cooperative banded together in an effort to integrate more of the group’s women into educational workshops about coffee cultivation. They also wanted to highlight the contributions they were making to the management and labor on their family farms while their husbands—many of whom had emigrated to the U.S.A. in search of work—held the official title of CESMACH “member” on paper. The women in the small revolutionary group realized that in order to create more equity among the group and empower their fellow women farmers, practice and the leadership of the organization needed to change. Within a year, the group had grown to 23 women heads of household and farmer owner/managers, all of whom had begun the process of transferring their memberships with CESMACH from their husbands’ names to their own. The women became an active and dynamic part of CESMACH’s leadership, and created a mark called Café Femenino in order to brand their coffee. The women have applied the premiums received from their coffees to projects like vegetable gardens and health-care initiatives. Today, the cooperative has more than 225 women members, some of whom are widows, single mothers, private landowners, or women whose husbands have left Chiapas in search of work in the U.S. and Canada. CESMACH represents 32 communities within Sierra Madre, Chiapas, and each smallholder owns a plot of land that averages 4 hectares or fewer. To order coffee from these empowered women, click here.
Panama: The women-owned Hortigal Estate is a 35-hectare, shade-grown coffee plantation located five minutes from downtown Boquete. Hortigal Estate and the nearby Jaramillo Estate are both incorporated under the Jaramillo Coffee Estate name and are owned by Eira Suárez and her three daughters, Carmen, Lourdes and Nadeía, the latter of whom manages the farms day to day. During harvest season, the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous community are employed to carefully pick and select coffee cherries based on their optimal ripeness. Pickers are taught about the importance of detailed coffee cherry selection and are encouraged to collect based on quality standards. The Estate maintains native tree cover that helps sustain agroforestry systems that are valuable to native wildlife and bird populations. The Estate plants a native tree in the areas between coffee lanes to provide beneficial shade for coffee trees, habitat and food source for birds, and to help the farm improve its resilience to changing climate conditions. To purchase this nutty caramel fudge specialty coffee from these women, click here.