Coffee-producing countries often have higher levels of gender inequality due to more traditional cultural role divisions. Typically on smallholder coffee farms, women do the bulk of the work relating to quality and yields whilst men work in transporting and selling the produce. However, women are often excluded from decision-making processes and leadership roles and have limited access to financial and educational resources.
Tizita Bizuneh runs the Bulessa washing station in Sidamo, Ethiopia as a project designed to empower women working in coffee throughout the production chain. The station is operated entirely by women, and services 400 mainly female regional smallholder producers. The coffee they have produced in this lot has a delicious flavour profile with loads of nectarine, grape and melon, with a nice vanilla bean finish.