Did you know that there's about 2.25 billion cups of coffee consumed worldwide on a daily basis?
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, next to oil - yet despite the huge demand for coffee, farmers still struggle.
This is a complex issue because commodity prices are not fair and unsustainable, farmers do not get the right price for their coffee, climate change is drastically affecting farms; and the list goes on.
It is in promoting specialty coffee that sustainable practices can be achieved. This is what we at kapé believe, and we are focusing our efforts on partnering with indigenous farmers in the Philippines.
One of our key partners is Manang Mina Asiaben-Luisito, an Ibaloi coffee farmer who plays a significant role in the coffee farming initiatives of her community, Sitio Lower Sayet, in Atok, Benguet Province.
While she, along with her family and neighbours have been growing coffee for many generations, they still do not have space and equipment to process their carefully harvested crops. Their challenges come in the lack of financial resources and a space for training.
This is where we hope to change things. We believe that the key to improving their livelihood is in improving the quality of the coffee they produce.
On behalf of Manang Mina Luisito, we seek your help in raising funds for a coffee processing centre in their community. The amount raised will be used to build a training room, raised drying beds, a dehuller, sorting area, and a green coffee storage room.
Through this processing and training centre, Manang Mina and her community will be able to produce higher quality coffee and see an increase in their annual crop. This means a better purchasing price for their coffee in the long term.
Any amount you provide would be instrumental in bettering the lives and livelihood of indigenous coffee farmers in Manang Mina's neighbourhood.
Thank you and and may you feel joy in the blessings you share.
- Maria Barney