Mountain Top Ethical Coffee
Mountain Top Ethical Coffee
This is what Ethical Addictions is all about. The priviledge and the reward of serving great coffee from great places with a great story.
Working direct with small villages high up the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa we are proud to bring you this exceptional Arabica. Dark and smooth with a velvety cocoa and caramel finish.
Where do we start? There's a lot to tell that simply can't be fitted on this one page. We'll include a lot of links where we can but if you ever want to know more - just ask.
Lets start by giving due credit to Bente, the manager of Machare Farm, for it is her vision and relationships that EA have managed to work through to make a difference.Through Bente, we have been introduced to two villages who have had no route to market and had to sell to whomever came along at whatever price was offered. This was an injustice given the quality of their coffee and the effort they had put in to farm and produce it. With some investment (from Machare, EA and others), a lot of encouragement, and a little hope, the villages started to process their own coffee. NEWS FROM OUR RECENT TRIP HERE
The Orera Village
After investement and education in quality coffee production, in 2008 EA bought the first crop from the Orera village - their entire crop. We paid the a fair market price, a significant increase on anything they had recieved before. Ethical Addictions has committed to working with Orera long-term and buying their crop each year.
They have continued to learn, to invest in their coffee trees, nursery, pulpery and drying tables to increase their quality and quantity of coffee. Here is the 'thank you' we received from them. And below are a selection of quotes sent to us after our last visit:
Gregory Josef: "I am very grateful to Ethical Addictions because I could pay the primary school fees for my grandson. In addition, I had the chance to buy two roofing sheets for my home. Moreover, I bought a hen that gave us already many delicious eggs. "
Frida Edward: "I could pay the primary school fees for two of my children and buy a sheep."
Desiana Pauli: "Before, we used to all sleep in the same room on the same bed. Now, I could build a bedroom for my five children so that they have more space. I could also pay the school fees for all the five children, including the uniforms and the books, etc."
In 2010 they were able to collectively secure the purchase of more land to establish their nursery - further investing in their own crops and self-belief in their ability to create a sustainable business growing good coffee. You can see the land purchase deeds and photos of the land (note: don't expect a detailed and official document like we have here in the UK!)
The Manoshi Village
In short, a similar story. Starting in 2009 with investment into a village pulpery, they were equipped to process their coffee. When we came along, again through Bente's introduction, we sat in their village and heard their story before agreeing to buy their entire crop - stunned silence met our offer, and then broke into spontaneous dancing and singing. Emotional and wonderful!
Again, a selection of quotes sent to us after our last visit:
Bernard Malya: "I intend to finance the secondary school fees for my two older children and the primary school fees for my three younger children. Moreover, I will finish the building procedures on my house. If there are still some savings remaining, I will buy hens and a goat."
Honorata Siriwa: "With the additional savings, I would like to finish the building process of my house, improve my coffee farm’s efficiency and send my son Mkunde to primary school."
Ionofefa Kiwia: "I have to raise my four children on my own. With the earnings of the 25 kg harvest, I would like to finance the secondary school fees of the two eldest and the primary school fees of the two younger children. To this purpose, I also need to invest in the improvement of my coffee farm so that next year’s harvest will be more fruitful."
Despite the overwhelming gratitude we receive, we maintain we are not doing anything extraordinary, just the right thing. If everyone behaved in trade as they should, behaviour like this would not stand out, but be the norm - unfortunately this may remain our dream.
So much more to say, and so many more stories. Some of which are told through newsletters you can read on our news pages.
And there may be potential to work with others in the future too. However, what we want to establish is long-term sustainable reltaionships with these villages first before over-expanding and not being able to fulfill our commitments.
You can be a part too - big or small - in transforming the lives of Kilimanjaro coffee farmers, and the environment.
Partnering with larger usage establishments is one avenue we're excited about and make connections between these farmers and our customers. What a great story to back up serving great coffee, to know the farm it comes from. If you think your business could make a commitment to EA and therefore to a village like Orera, then please speak to us on 01452 280026