Karehe IWCA Women’s Coop. Burundi Bean

This week we are offering a special bean on our pour over bar. Initially the flavor notes pulled us in for this medium-light bean, but quickly upon reading about the farmers and what our roaster (PT’s) is doing, we knew we wanted to offer it in some way! Continue reading to learn moreabout this wonderful product!

IMG_9487(info provided from https://www.ptscoffee.com/collections/single-origin-coffee/products/karehe-iwca-womens-cooperative)

Through March 31st, PT’s is honoring women coffee producers by donating $0.50 from every sale of this coffee to Grounds for HealthSince 1996, Grounds for Health has worked in Latin America and Africa to address one of the most significant disparities in women’s health globally. Cervical cancer is a nearly 100% treatable disease, and yet in the next 15 years it is expected to kill six million women—90% of whom will live in developing countries. Grounds for Health specializes in working in communities that represent the base of global supply chains for coffee, tea, cut flowers, and cocoa.

From the importers, Atlantic Specialty Coffee:

“This lot is produced by 508 farmers who belong to the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA). These farmers bring their coffee cherries to the Karehe Washing Station for processing and drying. Our lot is a combination of six day-lots that were delivered to the washing station and blended together. Karehe has historically done well at the Cup of Excellence national competition, submitting coffees that have placed in the top six with average scores totaling 88+ points.

In 2011, IWCA opened a chapter in Burundi. IWCA is an organization that focuses on empowering women in coffee producing countries and has 19 chapters around the world. The Burundi chapter’s mission is to improve ‘women’s skills through training and information to enhance their role in Burundian society… and in the coffee sector.’ The chapter pays premiums to members and has increased the visibility of farmer members to buyers. In addition, members have participated in food security projects and received coffee roasting equipment donated by our partner at origin. Farmers have relied on coffee production as a way to rebuild the country after decades of civil war and genocide that occurred in the 1970s and 1990s. Coffee is the #1 export for the country and its exportation has a major impact on the country’s economic viability.”

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