COFFEE, TRACEABILITY, RELATIONSHIPS

Our aim as coffee roasters is to provide you with the highest quality coffee we can source, and to ensure that our supply chain is as transparent and fair as possible. We think we're doing pretty well, but we'll let you be the judge of that. Here you'll find info on all of our suppliers.

 

Agri Evolve

Agri Evolve is a wholesale coffee bean supplier importing speciality coffee from farmers in the Rwenzori region of Uganda to coffee roasters in the UK and Europe. 

Agri Evolve works with farmers in Uganda,  improving yields, increasing income and raising the quality of life for farmers, their families and their communities.

They have operated as a wholesale coffee bean supplier, shipping coffee from Uganda to the UK since 2018. During this time they have worked with the farmers to improve their production of speciality arabica coffee, which is now regarded as one of the very best in the whole of East Africa.

Agri Evolve Ltd is a Social Enterprise working with farmers in Uganda to achieve higher yields, better quality, and effective marketing so that farmers improve their productivity, increase income and profitability for themselves, their families, and their communities.

ACE 2030: Agriculture, Community, Environment; this is the programme of work, with partners, to bring growth and development to local communities in Uganda and to ensure a sustainable environment for future generations.

 

MIO COFFEE

Mió is a coffee farm in Monte Santo de Minas, Brazil, that exports, imports, stores, and sells coffee. Coffee harvested with care by Mió workers.

The farm spans a total of 1,589 hectares.
A third of the land is used for the coffee processing and milling facilities, some pasture areas and the plantation of eucalyptus trees, which is home to some lovely bees. The rest of the land is equally divided between the coffee trees and the native
forest reserve. With plenty of spring water in the estate, one of Mió’s responsibilities
is to not only maintain the water flow but to also improve water quality.

Dedicating the same amount of land to the coffee as to the native forest helps preserve the natural characteristics of the area. The farm is located between Southern Minas Gerais and the High Mogiana region. Two distinct terrains, one bringing a citric acidity, the other a full body and sweetness to Mió’s coffee.

They pride themselves on a 100% traceability guarantee for the entire crop every year. Each stage of the journey, from where the cherries were harvested, which trucks moved them, how and when they were processed, is tracked using satellite imagery. Being a technology-driven farm improves the farmworkers’ quality of life, ensures an abundant harvest and guarantees the highest processing standards for the crop.

Mio's state-of-the-art processing facilities include: a wet-mill, concrete patios, raised beds, ambient-air drying rotating machines, wood silos, cross-beater hullers and a density separator. The beans are then sorted further according to size and colour using an oscillating screen and optical-electronic system.

The world coffee supply chain consists of a large number of steps. Mió aims to oversee every part of the process. The coffee trees are planted, cared for and harvested by some fantastic people. The coffee beans undergo either Natural or Honey processing at the farm and are then dried to achieve the desired humidity. They rest in wood silos, before being hulled and separated by density. All these decisions are made with the farm's Q-Grader to achieve the desired cup profile for that batch.

Certifications - Rainforest Alliance certified, UTZ certified and Alta Mogiana Specialty Coffee Association (AMSC)

 

COFINET

For 80 years the family business has grown and distributed the finest Colombian coffee to local exporters. In 2015 they expanded our operations and began producing, sourcing and exporting speciality coffee to the rest of the world.

As growers, they specialise in alternative fermentation processes that are new to Colombia. On their farm and in Processing Centre La Pradera, the most exotic varieties are processed achieving unique profiles that are unknown for Colombian coffees.

Cofinet also represents and supports a large number of Colombian Specialty coffee growers. The aim is to encourage direct relationships between our farmers at origin and roasters around the world, and they pride themselves on creating sustainable, ethical and long-term relationships.

Cofinet support producers through a variety of sustainability programs that generate positive social and eco-friendly changes for the communities throughout the regions.

Agroforestry - More tree, more life, better coffee.

Water Conservation - Less water, more flavour, better coffee.

Producer Internship - Producers are invited to be part of our free, two part       internship.

Initiative - Education, Empowerment.

 

KIPHU COFFEE

From Lima to Liverpool via Arequipa, a family business created during the pandemic in 2020 with the sole purpose of sharing the beautiful flavours of Peru. As fellow coffee enthusiasts, they understand the importance of knowing the origins of our coffee.

That's why they made it their mission to seek out Peruvian coffee producers and professionals who are passionate about their craft.

Kiphu work with these passionate Peruvians, bring their exceptional coffee to the UK, and share it with those who appreciate their dedication and hard work.

 

CARIBBEAN GOODS

Caribbean Goods is owned by Javier Gutiérrez Abril, who was born and raised in Guatemala. It took him twenty-four years, six months living in Wyoming, being a barista and gaining a roasting certificate from ANACAF as well as getting a bachelor degree in engineering from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala for him to leave his gorgeous country.

He went to Scotland in 2017 and automatically fell in love with the place. After graduating with an MSc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde, he founded Caribbean Goods, It has been a long journey, but Javier couldn't be more grateful and excited!

Javier considers himself an activist working towards a greener and more educated world. He believes he came to this world to cause a positive impact on the people he meets, and in the meantime, he is selling goods from the Caribbean region.

Caribbean Goods team up with Finca Hunbatz in this noble mission: Saving the world one tree at a time. The idea is straightforward: Caribbean Goods will plant a tree in Guatemala for every bag of Finca Hunbatz purchased! Each tree will be traced and tracked; therefore, there will be full traceability between the coffee roasters and Caribbean Goods. Who knows, if you acquire several bags of Hunbatz, you can be a proud sponsor of a small forest in Guatemala! It felt very natural to Javier and Caribbean Goods to team up with such a great initiative.

  

COVOYA COFFEE

Every year, Covoya publish a sustainability report to hold themselves accountable for the way in which they conduct their daily business. They do it to look back at the last year to ensure that they have built a sustainable approach into the way they do business, and to point forward to build on what they have done the the year ahead. (You can find the sustainability report on their website)

Covoya speciality coffee family have a shared philosophy and their sustainability policy is their attempt to realise this across the supply chain. 

Creating shared growth - Business should be done for the benefit of all involved. They care about the journey their coffees have been on: who produced them, how they did it and how much they were paid.

Sourcing quality - They are passionate about unlocking the flavour potential of coffee from around the world. We seek out the unique, the unusual and the beautiful to share with you.

Driving change - They believe that specialty coffee is a catalyst for economic change in coffee-growing communities. We want to work directly with their customers to invest in the future of coffee.

 

SUCAFINA

The family business was established in 1905 in the coastal city of Jaffa, Palestine. They exported oranges and imported foodstuffs, selling their goods throughout the Middle East and expanding with each generation. This led to the founding in 1977 of a company in the city of Geneva, Switzerland, which dealt in sugar (SU), café (CA), and finance (FINA).

Two generations later, SUCAFINA is entirely focused on coffee. It remains a family company with a strong entrepreneurial culture and an eye for value, but all investments and development activities are in support of the global coffee supply chain. SUCAFINA is one of the leading trade houses in the world, and sources coffee from most producing countries

SUCAFINA’s strengths are its expertise in coffee and its commitment to people. Our traders around the world source the coffee, understand the market, and make decisions to bring the best combination of quality and price to our customers. We actively seek out and promote talent, and interact with coffee buyers and suppliers at every level of the supply chain.

Sustainability has long been at the heart of the way Sucafina does business, which is underscored by our purpose: to play a leading role in reshaping our industry by creating sustainable value for all stakeholders. Their team is built on this vision and, after collecting extensive feedback from our key stakeholders, developed Sucafina’s 2030 sustainability strategy, which targets three key action pillars:

Caring for people - Coffee is a people business with a unique supply chain structure and relationship between farmers, intermediaries, and roasters. Strong personal relationships and integrity in execution are therefore essential ingredients. We have three clear goals linked to the care and respect of people: enhance employee health & safety, wellbeing, and career development; respect and promote human rights; and support our communities.

Investing in farmers - Without farmers, there would be no coffee, no Sucafina, and no favourite coffee shop to visit on the way to work. We are building a program that focuses on three broad goals, which address key sustainability challenges: build capacity to improve farmers' prosperity; increase traceability in our supply chains; and increase our proportion of responsibly sourced coffee by training farmers.

Protecting our planet - Coffee has a relatively low environmental footprint compared to many crops. Nevertheless, like all crops, its cultivation and production conflicts with natural resource management. We have made three public commitments towards ensuring a healthier environment: conserve water resources; reduce carbon emissions; and prevent deforestation in our supply chains.

During 2021, they translated their 2030 sustainability strategy into an action plan, defining main goals, actions, and key performance indicators to monitor their progress year on year. (You download a copy of their latest annual sustainability report from their website)

Sucafina sources from farms and operators that meet the following standards to provide clients with sustainable coffee. Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade and 4CO.

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