We at Lagunas believe that we no matter what life throws at us, we still have the choice to be kind, good, and courageous. We work to make sure that the coffee we sell is not only some of the best in the world but is it also doing good for the farmers and communities from where the coffee was grown.
We chose Burundi not just for its melon and pear notes, but also to help sustain a post-war community that is supported by the coffee industry. 50% of the total population of Burundi is dependent on smallholder coffee producers.
Baroida Estates is one of the oldest coffee farms in the Eastern Highlands of PNG. Baroida acts as a hub for the majority of the smallholder farmers in the eastern Highlands Region. Harsh weather and high-interest rates have led to many farmers’ ruin in the past. However, with PNG’s coffee board, The Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC) was created. There are now efforts to enforce regulations and improve the sustainability and quality of PNG coffee. With CIC’s involvement, PNG has seen an increase in the overall quality of coffee and the country’s increasing participation in the specialty coffee markets. We support PNG smallholder coffee farmers and what is called “Coffee Gardens.”
We don’t offer this Rwanda roast because it is just another specialty coffee. In fact, Rwanda is one of the smaller coffee-producing countries in Africa. We like Rwanda not only for its award-winning beans. But with 40% of the country in poverty, we want to support one of its largest exports. With an increased effort to become a prominent specialty coffee producer, the future looks bright for the “Land of a Thousand Hills”.