The women who own these coffee farms take extensive measures, from tending the coffee trees to harvesting only red ripened cherries, to ensure the highest quality results. The cherries are sorted prior to the wet process and sun-dried in the shade, using a pyramid process for a constant and even drying on African raised beds. Double fermentation is used at the washing station, bringing out more brightness and clarity in these coffees. It takes 28 to 30 days for the coffees to dry completely before they are sent to the dry mill for de-parchment. Women farmers sort the green coffee cherries further during drying and before bagging them for export.
Burundi Karehe IWCA coffee is grown in the rich volcanic soil of the mountains of Burundi in East Africa under the special care of a dedicated group of women growers. Growing high-quality coffee has become not only a source of pride for them, but also a means of empowerment. In a country where women’s contribution in the workforce is historically unrecognized, these women receive payments directly from JNP Coffee, based on the premium prices that their coffees achieve in the global market: money that they will use to build better lives for their families and their communities. This successful program is organized together with the local chapter of the IWCA (International Women’s Coffee Alliance).
Artwork by: Sydney Walker
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Certified organic coffee is produced according to sustainable practices, without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or other harmful agrochemicals. In order for a coffee to be certified organic, the farm must undergo evaluation from an independent certifying agency. The U.S. has its own organic standards, requiring a roasting facility to be annually inspected and certified in order to be labeled ’organic.’
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A traditional farming method in which coffee trees are grown alongside other crops under a canopy of taller trees. The mixture of vegetation prevents erosion and protects the coffee from harsh weather. Shade grown farms also provide vital wildlife habitat.