At St Remio we stand for three things; Quality, Transparency and Community. We are passionate about giving consumers premium coffee without the price tag, but more importantly, we are passionate about giving back to the coffee growing community, especially in Rwanda.
As part of this goal, this year we committed to fully fund the build of a coffee Cupping Lab in Towngere Umusaruro, Rwanda. This infrastructure will enable coffee growers and roasters to producer higher quality coffee beans via giving them the tools to be able to run daily checks and tastings.
This month some of our team will travel to Twongere Umusaruro, Rwanda to visit the coffee farmers and officially unveil the brand new St Remio funded Cupping Lab, which is very close to completion!
We cannot wait to get an understanding of the impact this new facility will have on the farmers of TUK and we look forward to sharing these stories with you in the next few months.
We would like to take this time to thank you, our customers for making all this possible and allowing us to give back to the coffee farming community with this wonderful initiative.
Thank you for being part of the change.
Founder, St Remio
At St Remio we stand for three things; Quality, Transparency, Community. We are passionate about giving people great coffee at affordable prices, but most importantly putting a spotlight on the coffee growers at the source.
Each year, we will work with different organisations to provide education and infrastructure at the source. This year, we have selected Sustainable Harvest as our charity of choice to fully fund a cupping lab for the female farming community of Twongere Umusaruro. Not only are we building the coffee lab, but the coffee grown by these women, is also used in our coffee so we are proud to go full circle.
This International Women’s Day we want to celebrate the female coffee growing community of Twongere Umusaruro and celebrate their hard work and commitment not only the production of coffee, but to their families. Many of these women walk long distances from their home where they work long hours in the fields, planting, harvesting, cultivating and processing coffee. They are also the main provider so their income must go a long way to support each member of their family.
The team at Sustainable Harvest have created a program that supports these women and educates them in agronomy but also in business to ensure they can sell their coffee to the international traders at a fair market value. The construction of our Cupping Lab will only help this community enhance their skills further. It will teach them how to roast and cup their coffee allowing them to understanding the flavour profiles of their bean and cultivate a more consistent crop which leads to a greater yield.
If it wasn’t for our loyal customers, we would not be able to fund wonderful initiatives like this. So to you, our customer, we say THANK YOU! You are part of this project and your purchase is having a positive impact on these women and empowering them to grow and develop within coffee.
Founder, St Remio
This year at St Remio we have committed to fully fund the construction of a Cupping Lab for the female farmers of Twongere Umusaruro and we are super excited to see it taking shape! Sustainable Harvest has been our eyes on the ground, overseeing the construction of the lab which started in late December 2018 and is set to be finished within the next few days.
So, what’s a cupping lab you may ask? Coffee cupping is the professional practice of observing both the tastes and the aromas of brewed coffee. By being able to roast and taste the coffee they grow onsite, it will allow them to understand the full process of the crop they harvest (as many don’t know how coffee is consumed), understand the flavour profile and grow a more consistent crop which will allow them to sell for a higher price to the international market.
Later this month the new Cupping Lab will gain some great exposure when organisers of The African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA) conference will take attendees to tour the new facility. This is a wonderful opportunity that we hope will strengthen the coffee farming community of Twongere Umusaruro and give them greater visibility in the international market.
We will continue to update you on the build of the facility that you, our customers, have funded! We will officially open the facility in June this year but until then, we will keep you updated via social media and our blog on the development.
Thank you again for believing in St Remio and most importantly, being part of the change.
Founder, St Remio