The coffee in this micro-lot is produced by 60 small scale farmers on the mountain above The Coffee Gardens’ washing station. Six of the farmers are women, which may not seem like a lot amongst 60 but women who fully own their farm and receive the income from the coffee produced are few in number in many producing countries, something The Coffee Gardens project is working towards rectifying. Each farmer provided an average of 300 KGs of red cherry.
The Coffee Gardens was established in 2017 with the goal of producing incredible specialty coffee in an ethical way, offering a transparent and direct link between coffee farmers and coffee consumers. The project was established with many purposes such as improving farmers’ income and livelihoods, create and provide rural employment, promote gender equality, increase transparency and traceability throughout the supply chain and environmental protection in the area.
The Coffee Gardens purchases coffee at a minimum of 10% above the market price – and for the majority of the farmers who live in hard to reach areas – around 30% above the rate offered by traders. In the 2019/20 season, they paid an average price of 1,400 UGX (38 ￠ US) per KG of red cherry. The Coffee Gardens is transparent with theirs partner farmers about buying policy and prices, providing each registered farmer with a contract and a buying-record book, communicating any price changes via SMS to registered farmers, and providing receipts for every transaction.
The Coffee Gardens also incentivise and reward farmers through a number of different monetary and non-monetary ways.
This includes post-season bonuses, additional income-generating and employment opportunities, tree distribution, and a range of all-year-round training programs.