In the long ago, they walked through our coffee farms.
We hope they come visiting again.

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We are an activist company. Our coffee is radical.

Our purpose is to enable coffee producers to enjoy secure and stable livelihoods and strengthen coffee farming practices that conserve biodiversity. We invite coffee drinkers to participate in the process.

But first, Coffee

Because everything else needs you.

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Really Good Coffee

Good for the forest it comes from, good for the people who grow it. Good for the trees we help conserve and the wildlife that it supports. And just as good to drink. These are the cornerstones of Black Baza Coffee Co.

Shade Grown

Our partner farms grow coffee under the shade of forest trees. Farms keep at least 60% tree canopy cover and a minimum of 100 trees and 20 species of indigenous trees per acre.

Ongoing Reforestation

We restore farms by planting rare and endemic forest trees that provide critical habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.

Livelihood Security

Sustainable and secure livelihoods for coffee growers and workers is a critical part of our programme. We ensure this through stable prices, financial inclusion and long-term guaranteed contracts.

Biodegradable Packaging

Most of our packaging (except 100g sizes) is fully biodegradable. The outer bag is made from sugarcane waste. The inner bag is a biodegradable plastic that disintegrates between 6-24 months in landfill conditions.

Free of Chemical Pesticides

All partner farms commit to growing coffee that is free of chemical pesticides. An overwhelming majority (97.5%) also restrict the use of any chemical fertiliser.

100% Traceable

Each cup of coffee can be traced back to the farm – or, at the least, cluster of farms – from which the beans were harvested.

Strengthening Institutions

We enable producers to establish and run farmer institutions for collective marketing. These institutions are also responsible for building people’s capacity for quality production.

Measuring Impact

Our commitment to sustainable coffee means that we have to meticulously monitor the impact of our involvement. Livelihood-related changes are monitored through questionnaire surveys and focus group discussions. Biodiversity-related changes are monitored through measuring diversity of trees, birds, insects, mammals, soil and water. We have a long way to go but here's a start...

Like the coffee, our manifesto grows.

An evolving list of principles for biodiversity-friendly farming practices

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Our community grows everyday.

Conservation takes time.

Our community is 160 members strong. We work with numerous smallholder producer organisations to resolve various challenges that undermine livelihoods security, financial inclusion and weaken producer autonomy in coffee markets.

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Conservation takes time.

The interaction between spotted hyenas and humans is 500 years old. The presence of moon moths is three times that. Any impact we have to make cannot be measured in years or even decades. A thousand years seems like just enough time. Ours is a thousand-year brew.

Ours is a thousand year brew.

Microlot of the month

Our limited run monthly editions. One Podu. One harvest. One time.

The microlot coffees celebrate the uniqueness in heterogeneity. Smallholder producers harvest tiny volumes and these beans find themselves in our limited edition coffees.

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Episode 04

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Coffee grounds is a collection of stories about people, place and ecology in coffee landscapes.