For the last three years Moyee has been exploring the back roads of Ethiopia’s coffee highlands to score quality Arabica from little-known smallholders. During this time we’ve vetted roughly 99 smallholder coffee farmers who harvest extraordinary beans honestly and naturally. Under the name ‘Call the Farmer’, we’re diving ever deeper into direct trade coffee. We invite you our journey through the stories of the farmers we’re working with.
Direct trade is an umbrella term that usually means purchasing beans from large coffee cooperatives. Not a bad thing, but less direct that you’d think. We are no stranger to coffee co-ops; we’ve bought from them too. But with Call the Farmer we are stepping up our game. Call the Farmer moves beyond co-ops and focuses on some of the smallest and most remote farmers in Ethiopia.
Call the Farmer is the result of these many hardcore off-road adventures to find new farmers with unique beans. With Project 99, we are buying 60,000 kilograms of cherry from these 99 outgrowers. It is direct trade in its purest form, without middlemen, not even a coop.
For us we get amazing coffee – in some cases, we’ll be introducing beans to Europe for the first time. In return, by introducing them into our FairChain network, these 99 farmers will earn more money than they would from any other company. Equally important, we will bring them external expertise to help them increase their yields without having to alter their centuries-old farming techniques. In other words, we are going to help them earn even more money.
Telling their stories
In the coming year we will publish the story of as many of our 99 farmers as possible. Sometimes we’ll visit them face to face; at other times we’ll speak to them on the phone, either directly or through a translator. We simply want to put a story to the name of the men and women we work with and who harvest for you freaking awesome coffee. Besides, the basis of our relationship may be coffee craftsmanship, but we’d be lying if we said their stories didn’t add to the radically good taste of our coffee.
The first 10,000 kilogram batch of Call the Farmer coffee will be roasted in our Addis Ababa this December. Pre-order your batch now. More details to follow.