“Yego Coffee is a Boston-based coffee company founded in 2019 by Francois Tuyishime. At Yego Coffee, we understand that behind every cup of coffee there two people, the hard working farmer and our beloved customer. It is for that reason that our mission is to pay those farmers the top price and provide a high-quality coffee at the affordable price. This is possible as we source our coffee from the farm to the cup without any intermediary. We believe that this relationship we have with our farmers not only contributes to the sustainability of the crop, but also builds trust in our customers.
The word “Yego” is a word from Kinyarwanda that means “Yes.” The word can be seen as a simple word, but this means a lot for Mr. Tuyishime. This word in Rwanda is a symbol of positivity and affirmation. The positivity that allowed us to overcome the darkness we passed through in 1994 during genocide against the Tutsi. Without the positive mindset we wouldn’t have overcome all the challenges of the aftermath of that tragedy where we lost our beloved ones and all our belongings. It is that mindset of positivity that made our family and communities to restore our hope where there was nothing left. We resumed coffee farming with almost nothing, but as of today hundreds of lives have been changed. This has had an impact on the lives of both genocide survivors’ lives and perpetrators families at the same time.”
It is the mission of Yego Coffee to directly work with farmers, taking out the middle man. A&E Coffee & Tea is happy to purchase green coffee from Francois Tuyishime.
About Our Coffee
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.’
Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth.
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.