Australian coffee brand gives back to growers; supporting female farming co-operative in West Rwanda

Posted by Media Release Agency on 25th September 2020

St Remio Coffee Rwanda

For World Coffee Day (1st October), Aussie coffee brand St Remio will donate 50 cents from the sale of each box* of its compatible capsules and $1 from the sale of each bag^ of coffee purchased in all Coles Supermarkets nationally and via the St Remio online store, in an initiative to support the female farming co-operative of Cocagi in West Rwanda.

Each year, St Remio funds a project at origin, to support and empower coffee growing communities. This financial year, St Remio is continuing their support of female farmers in Cocagi, purchasing an additional two hectares of land, 8500 coffee plants, fertiliser and a mix of banana and sunflower plants that allow the co-operative to diversify their income as the coffee crop establishes itself, a process which takes around three years.

The female farming group of Cocagi has been hit hard by the effects of climate change and has faced many challenges with unpredictable weather damaging crops as well as delays in training due to the global pandemic, which has impacted the overall success of last year’s project. St Remio remains determined for the project to reach its full potential and saw it important to continue investment into this community to ensure success and prosperity for the female farmers.

This World Coffee Day, St Remio aims to raise additional funds for Cocagi and will be donating 100 per cent of the money raised on the day directly to the co-operative. “Your choice is a powerful one and simply by choosing St Remio you will have a positive impact directly on the lives of growers,” explains company Director and Founder Julia Tink.

“Our whole philosophy at St Remio is to challenge people to think about coffee and drive the conversation away from commodity and back to community,” Tink continued.

Co-Founder Trent Knox agrees, “that’s why we not only source Rainforest Alliance coffee but go one step further and fund additional projects to ensure that we are empowering coffee growers in business and investing in their future not only now, but for generations to come. Great coffee doesn’t start at the roaster. Great coffee starts at origin.”

St Remio features a wide range of compatible capsules from Nespresso®, Lavazza® A Modo Mio®, Expressi®* and Caffitaly®* through to whole beans and ground coffee. Each purchase allows St Remio to continue to fund projects at origin.

St Remio coffee can be found at Coles Supermarkets, Officeworks, The Good Guys, Big W and online on Amazon, iPantry and the St Remio website.