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Velibre coffee is organic (DE-ÖKO-006) and fairtrade (FLO-ID 35923).
We source all our coffees from the cooperatives below:
The SCFCU was established in 2001 and is a merger of coffee cooperatives in southern Ethiopia. About 50 cooperatives with over 70,000 small farmers are members of the SCFCU. The coffee is directly marketed and exported by SCFCU. Members benefit from direct market access, training and education programs offered by the SCFCU.
Red Ecolsierra is an organization which links the farmers in both an economic and organized union way. It unites 36 charitable initiatives of farmer families of indigenous and Afro-Colombian descent throughout Colombia. As an institutional representation, the organization provides its members with a national platform, as well as access to various possibilities to promote its products. In total, the member initiatives manage many hectares of land across a widely distributed area through the cultivation of organic coffee in gentle mixed cultures. In addition many members also grow cocoa, cane sugar, fruits and vegetables. Some also have their own honey production.RED Ecolsierra provides technical consultations, training and material support for small-scale farmers with regard to cultivation, production and trade. Since the individual cooperatives are often very far apart, their members elect members to the board. In this way, the producers themselves participate democratically in the decision-making processes. For example, the cooperatives themselves determine what the premium payments from the fair trade are invested in. The farmers are responsible for ensuring an improvement in the living conditions of their children.
Union PROAGRO (UNIÓN DE PRODUCTORES AGROPECUARIOS) is a consortium from the Andean region which is developing an alternative to the lucrative drug business by cultivating organic coffee. The cooperative advises and provides technical assistance with production questions and ensures a joint marketing of the organic coffee.
The members of the small farming community PROAGRO are based in the Bolivian province of Caranavi which is literally on the edge of a drug cultivation area in Nor Yungas. A total of around 210 coffee farmers, of which some 46 are women, from 11 village communities belong to the consortium. The situation of the locals and their families who once came from the highlands is often characterized by extreme poverty. This coffee project has shown them the possibilities of the cultivation of a legal product. The coffee plantations lie in three different climate zones at an altitude of between 800 to 1,600 meters. Coffee is harvested from March to September depending on the area.
The Arabica coffee is cultivated under very clear ecological guidelines without chemical fertilizer or pesticides. In order to protect the soil from erosion, terraces are laid out and enclosed with floor coverings. Organic fertilizer, such as compost, maintains and promotes soil fertility; special plants regulate the nitrogen cycle. Coffee diseases are combated by creating a healthy ecosystem using biological methods (fungi, wasps, herbal preparations). The processing of the coffee is managed through the acquisition of expensive technical equipment. These small farmers process their coffee in an extremely traditional and ecological way.
A number of women have joined together to form a production community for dried herbs which works closely with the coffee farmers. The women grow different kitchen herbs according to strong environmental guidelines. In a building, which serves as a central collecting point, the delivered herbs are then dried in the sun. These producers also receive support, for example in the form of further training. Compared to the drug business, however, the income from coffee cultivation and herbal export is very modest. Against this background, a long-term export partner such as Velibre is particularly important for their survival.
The Kagera Cooperative Union (KCU) has its office in Bukoba, where about 40 employees and six committee members work. The precursor of the KCU was the BNCU. It was established during the time of Tanganjikas as a United Nations Trust Area under British administration in 1950 with the aim of organizing the summary, transport and marketing of coffee farmers in the Kagera region.In the 1990s, the BNCU was disbanded and the organization was organized on a private-sector basis. The KCU, one of the successor organizations, has concentrated its work on the coffee producers in the three following districts in the Kagera region: Bukoba, Muleba and Misenye.
The KCU now counts around 50,000 members, producing about 9000 tons of coffee each year. Membership is valid for the whole family. The coffee is collected in the villages of the Kagera region at over 120 collection points. These villages are also the headquarters of the respective offices of the subgroups.
Cooperative Coffees is a consortium of 23 roasters that have been importing green beans from Central America, Africa and Southeast Asia since 1998 and have set themselves the task of promoting fair coffee trade and small coffee farmers.
The aim of this cooperative with a total of 7,000 members is to operate trade in a fair, transparent and sustainable way. The green beans are harvested directly through small partner farmers, who benefit from the proceeds without intermediary.
The main driving forces for this cooperative are humanitarian working conditions, fair wages and the long term sustainable cultivation of coffee beans.