Ruby Little: Supporting Farmers


Ruby Little: Supporting Farmers

10c from every coffee in September will go towards supporting our farmers.

The Issue

The vast majority of coffee is produced on small farms by families for whom it is their main source of income. At this end of the chain (i.e the farming end), prices are unpredictable and low. Currently in many countries, the sale price is lower than the cost of production; in other words, there is no income made in exchange for the hard work of farmers.

Our goal is to provide sustainable & life changing opportunities for local coffee producers & their communities throughout various regions of Timor-Leste. (an island country located north of Australia)


This project aims to assist local producers increase the quality of their coffee output in order to secure higher prices available within the speciality coffee Market.
If aims to achieve this by supporting the development & management of a Community Coffee Wet-Mill in Atsabe; and providing coffee producers with training & skills development opportunities for improved farming practices.

By supporting this community coffee wet mill, we can make good on the promise of development through trade.

A Solution

One solution to low fluctuating price is the Speciality Coffee Market. An increasing number of roasters want to buy distinct coffees for consistent prices based on quality, rather than where the commodity market price swings.

Through the speciality market, farmers can better predict and control their income. Unfortunately, technological, social, and financial barriers for those who would benefit most. The solution to this in other regions around the world comes in the form of community wet-mills. We aim to remove each of these obstacles to quality production, connection, and economic sustainability.

Processing coffee is complex and has a significant effect on the final product. Sorting, processing, and drying cherry at a purpose-built processing facility provides far greater control over the resulting flavour, key in accessing the speciality market. At Atsabe’s Community Wet-Mill, continual experimentation and feedback from buyers drives quality up. Additionally, it serves as a meeting place for farmers from the region, where information on best practices is readily accessible.

Another goal here is to have people from both ends of the value chain meet and learn the challenges and requirements of each other’s situation. By cupping together and discussing coffee value, an understanding can be built, and access to the market opens. With this advanced community wet-mill, we can make good on the promise of development through trade by de-commoditising specialty coffee.

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