This week’s question is about the Colombia: AMACA and our Women Producer’s Series. They asked, “what other coffees have been part of the series and how did it start?”

When I took over the green buying for Cut, I wanted to build a program around a set of core environmental and social mandates. By seeking out strategic partnerships with importers, farms, and cooperatives that share our progressive policies, we have been able to responsibly source really great coffee from some absolutely amazing producers.

The true credit for our Women Producers Series belongs to Buyers at Cafe Imports. Last year, the amazing Sally Rivera contacted me with the news that they were specifically acquiring crops from women-run cooperatives. In her words, it is “an attempt to recognize and promote the work that women do in growing and producing coffees around the world”. Accordingly, Cafe Imports “have developed – and hope to expand – a program that empowers women along the global coffee supply chain by creating equity, empowerment, and access to a wider market”.

Cafe Imports points out that “the role of women is culturally distinct from region to region within the coffee-producing world” so they rely on “a set of base guidelines for the organizations and communities whose coffees are highlighted in this program, which helps us to work collaboratively with the growers to establish premiums and parameters for their participation”.

The Colombia: AMACA follows three offerings from last year: Misuku Hills in Malawi, Kopi Wanita in Sumatra, and ASDECAFE in Guatemala. All stellar coffees that will likely reappear on our offer sheet down the line. Later this year, we have booked green from the Grapos Coop in Mexico and CODECH in Guatemala. I am very excited to roast these promising crops and continuing to expand the Women Producers Series at Cut.

tl;dr: Thanks to the hard work of people like Sally, we are able to work with an incredible and diverse set of women run farms and cooperatives.

(Image from Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake [2013])