Sixty percent of the women in this Honduras farming community face gender-based legal issues with regards to the ownership of their land, as well as limitations to the credit they can receive to finance the harvest every year. In addition to the program premiums these women receive for this lot, Cooperativa RAOS has many very active educational support programs open to all members. Gender assemblies are held by female members in order to discuss the women’s needs, as well as ways of increasing equity within the group and community.
“Gender equity means that women and men have the right to equal and fair access to the use, control, and benefits from the same goods and services of society, as well as to decision-making in the areas of social, economic, and social life, as well as politics.” This is Cooperativa RAOS’s mission statement with regards to gender, a philosophy that the organization supports through the development of training farms, as well as integrated farm-management programs and organic-farming support.
This coffee is ideal for drinking a few black cups in a row. It’s a mild coffee, lighter on the body side (but not tea-like), with some nice quiet flavor notes of milk chocolate and roasted almond. The citrus acidity is there, but tends to be a bit shy, depending on how you’re brewing.
|Region/Town||San Miguel, La Paz, Marcala|
|Producer||Women of RAOS Cooperative|
|Variety||Catuai, Caturra, Typica, Bourbon, Pacas, IHCAFE 90|
|We taste||Light, smooth, a little nutty, a little milk chocolatey, subtle citrus acidity|