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  1. Cameroon Boyo

    Meeting with Matti Foncha, Gloucester UK, March 2019

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    Great to catch up; sad to hear of the troubles in the region; thankful for the on-going relationship; excited for the new crop and a visit soon.

    The civil war in the region is awful whilst barely making the news. A combination of no oil or rich natural resources, and other international distractions like Brexit, means a tragic story is unfolding with little awareness or assistance from the international community. That happens so often in our broken world, but when you sit with a friend, a brother, another human being, and hear their first hand horror stories of villages burned, people kidnapped and killed, and worse, then it brings home the reality of what is only a short story on a news website.

    I am saddened by all of this; frustrated by my helplessness to change it; and angry at our messed-up world.

     

    Our new Boyo coffee is now here and we are roasting. Delayed out of country because of the unrest, fears over the security of the mill, and then road blocks, but it's here now and tasting great. Chocolate and dark fruits accent this mellow coffee.

    Right now this story, this coffee, embodies who we are as EA – our trips out for the past two years have been cancelled, but our relationship has endured. Matti and his fellow farmers are grateful for our commitment in the face of delays, and we are humbled by that gratitude. Helpless on a grand scale the one thing we can do is remain loyal to the relationship and the business whereby they can maintain some income, and have a business to continue on when the troubles cease rather than having to start all over again. And of course it's good coffee, no compromise.

    An economy in turmoil, and a region destabilised, but hope remains.

    For now a secure mill and transport and so there is hope that later this year we can get a new delivery of a small micro lot, and hope for some lasting peace. 

  2. EA are continuing to work with the rural community of Jacutinga, Poco Fundo, this year.  Osmar and his family grow exceptional coffee at around 1200m and it is pure joy in a cup so we are roasting it a little lighter and selling it as a special individual origin. 

    This high altitude coffee has a sweet chocolate taste, with a little fruit and hazelnut.

    Keep an eye out for news and updates from farmers and projects in this community.

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    Jacutinga is also where we have invested in drying tables to further help and improve coffee, in partnership with our friends at Neighbourhood.

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