We’ve been working with Comisuyl for years and they have weathered some tough times. Leaf rust, an airborne fungal disease specific to coffee, has had a devastating impact on the health of coffee trees and yields. Up to 40% of the trees were lost, causing massive income destruction and the requirement for increased investment to replace the dead trees.
The amazing quality coffee being produced by these individual small holders and the unique sustainable context of their backstory inspired us to become more actively involved. This year we presented the group with a cheque for $32,000 which will be utilised to employ two field-based agronomists to assist in the development of educational coffee programs helping farmers improve quality and yields. The money represents Bewley’s on-going commitment to dispersing our carbon credit offset purchases amongst smaller Co-Ops who need such funding most.