Traidcraft Decaf Coffee: ACPCU, From Source to Sip
If your first thought upon waking up is ‘I need a coffee’, trust us, you’re not alone. Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed around the world every day, making it the third most popular drink across the globe, after water and tea.
Coffee is naturally bursting with antioxidants and health benefits, but not everyone can or want to drink regular coffee. Many people are caffeine-sensitive, prefer a milder tasting coffee or simply don’t like the effects of a regular coffee, so drinking decaf coffee is a wonderful way to enjoy the rich flavours of coffee without the side effects of caffeine. Drinking decaf in the afternoon can also help you wind down slowly for the evening, ensuring a sound sleep once you’ve slipped under the duvet.
So, whether you’re a decaf fan through and through, are required to drink decaf for health reasons or are simply inquisitive as to where Traidcraft decaf coffee has been before it’s poured into your cup, read on to find out everything you need to know about the origins of our best-selling decaf coffee blend.
Bean There, Done That
Our decaf coffee journey takes us to the glorious mountains of South-Western Uganda, to Ankole Coffee Producers Cooperative Union (ACPCU Ltd.). Spanning from the fertile slopes of Bushenyi, to the dramatic heights and sparkling crater lakes of Bunyaruguru, ACPCU is a huge cooperative which specialises in fair trade, organic, speciality coffee, and offers full traceability and a quality handling process – meaning only the very best beans make it into their coffee.
The Union was founded by 10 primary cooperative societies in 2006 and has now grown to cover 20 Primary Cooperative Societies with over 10,000 individual farmers to its name! ACPCU has a rich, proud heritage of growing coffee, which dates back generations upon generations of skilled growers. Unfortunately, due to an ever-growing population putting a strain on the land and natural resources and increasingly extreme weather patterns, coffee growing isn’t as simple as it once was.
However, ACPCU are combatting the challenges they face by constantly adapting and diversifying the way they farm; for instance, they are reducing soil erosion by building terraces and planting trees, boosting soil fertility with nitrogen-fixing plants, mulch, homemade compost and animal manure, and promoting biogas to reduce the need for cutting down trees for firewood for cooking. These sorts of important tweaks to the day to day tasks of a grower have enabled ACPCU to grow as a company, where many of their counterparts may have been forced to cease trading.
The benefits of being involved with in ACPCU Cooperative are multifold. Members’ financial and certification audits are paid for, they are provided with seedlings and benefit hugely by being paid on delivery.
It’s not only the members who benefit, but their wider community, too. For instance, communities involved with ACPCU cooperatives are provided with free medical check-ups at ACPCU clinics, have community bridges, schools, churches and community halls built using the Fairtrade premium and also have bursaries to needy children in higher institutions available. Needless to say, coffee is at the beating heart of this community, and without it, the picture would be significantly bleaker.
If you’ve been transported to the Ugandan mountains by reading this article, just wait until you see what happens when you take your first sip of our Traidraft decaf coffee sourced from ACPCU… which will be hitting our shelves in mid-April! Watch this space!