This coffee comes from the Boyo Hills in Western Cameroon, near the town of Bamenda. From around 5,000 ft elevation, high grade Arabica beans are nurtured by caring farmers keen to maintain high quality and develop direct trade relationships.
These beans are medium-roasted to enhance their dark chocolate and forest fruit notes with a good body.
In Cameroon we’re working with Matti Foncha, a coffee farmer himself, he also has a role representing his region and fellow farmers to develop trading relationships in Europe and North America.
Not strictly farm direct by our high standards and definition but we’re working on it. We’ve had to cancel two trips in recent years because of the on-going civil war but we remain keen to visit, and keen to support this coffee growing community. We hope and pray for a swift and peaceful resolution, for the country and it’s people.
Right now this story, this coffee, embodies who we are as EA – despite set-backs our relationship has endured. Matti and his fellow farmers are grateful for our commitment in the face of delays, and we are humbled by that gratitude. Helpless on a grand scale the one thing we can do is remain loyal to the relationship and the business whereby they can maintain some income, and have a business to continue on when the troubles cease rather than having to start all over again. And of course it’s good coffee, no compromise.
Matti has a small company to export coffee and service the farmers but he’s a man on a mission. He understands that business can be a tool for the greater good, and not just for selfish gain. He works tirelessly to promote sustainability in the region, develop farming and encourage fairness and quality. He is building models to hopefully secure farming and income for the next generation.
We love this guy and his passion.