Shawn, Caffe Ibis Coffee Roaster (left), with Rizkani Ahmad (Ani), Kokowagayo Chairwoman, at Kokowagayo in January 2019. Shawn and Ani are standing over rows of drying beds provided by a Café Femenino® grant funded by Caffe Ibis in 2017.
Caffe Ibis has been purchasing green coffee from Kokowagayo, a Café Femenino® co-op located in Aceh, Sumatra, since 2015. When Caffe Ibis Director of Coffee and Quality, Brandon, visited Kokowagayo in 2016, he discovered the co-op’s need for drying beds to help adapt to changing weather patterns due to climate change.
Exceptional amounts of rain during the wet season in Sumatra make drying coffee especially difficult, and the inability to dry coffee greatly compromises its quality.
In 2017, Caffe Ibis addressed this issue by funding a grant through the Café Femenino® Foundation which provided 100 drying beds at Kokowagayo. These drying beds allow beans to be moved into the sun when the weather allows, and to be moved indoors when necessary. The beds also enable the coffee beans to be dried evenly, elevating the quality of the coffee that Kokowagayo produces.
In January 2019, Shawn, Caffe Ibis Coffee Roaster, paid a visit to Kokowagayo with a group led by Fair Trade USA. He made meaningful connections with the women who produce coffee he roasts on a regular basis, and saw the benefits of the new drying beds first-hand. Caffe Ibis plans to continue working together with Kokowagayo to effect lasting change at origin. We thank our customers for making projects like this one possible by choosing Café Femenino® coffees.