Apostle Coffee is…
Operating from our converted stables in Middlehope. Our roastery is ‘off grid’, powered entirely by wind, solar and natural gas and we only use packaging and labelling that is 100% compostable, from the stickers on every Apostle box, right down to the inner bag that keeps our beans roastery fresh.
Organic & Sustainable
We work with farmers who uphold organic principles in the way that they farm and process their beans.
By working with small co-operatives we can guarantee high quality coffee, and this also results in the farmers getting a fair price for their product.
For every tonne of CO2 created by Apostle we plant an endangered Black Poplar tree on the land surrounding our roastery.
Along with our 100% compostable packaging, we take an active and personal role by ‘insetting’ our carbon footprint so that we can sustain the beauty of the Shropshire Hills in which we live and work. Exceptionally Tasty Our saintly principles at Apostle would count for little if we didn’t also produce fantastic tasting coffee. By focusing on three core coffees we are able to hone and perfect each one to ensure that every box of Apostle Coffee is bursting with flavour and character. Ultimately we base all of our operations around three key aims:
- Investing in sustainable communities
- Investing in regenerative agriculture
- Investing in improving our environment
And how do we this?
- By buying organic coffee beans.
- By roasting our beans with renewable energy.
- By off-setting our carbon footprint by planting native trees.
- By using 100% compostable packaging.
- By being “plastic-free”.
- By supporting rural coffee producers through initiatives that empower the workforce.
Where is our coffee from?
The Devil’s Chair - Organic Espresso Blend
Our espresso blend is a careful mix of three Colombian beans, sourced through La Cooperativa del Sur del Cauca (COSURCA) - an organic-certified producers’ cooperative and FAF partner, which offers financial support, processing and export services, and technical trainings on good agricultural practices to 1,400 families in the southern Cauca region.
COSURCA’s support is holistic – aiming not only to generate economic opportunity for its members, but also to advocate for peace and to act as an educational platform for its members on issues related to health, food security and protecting local ecosystems.
Through the ECAS model, the coffee producers themselves assume leadership roles based on their expertise in managing resources such as seeds, soil, water and medicinal herbs.
With the help of a local expert in sustainable agriculture, this knowledge is then consolidated and shared with the rest of the community in the form of practical trainings on topics ranging from irrigation and drainage to organic fertilizers and biodiversity. In doing so, COSURCA stresses the importance of preserving not only local ecosystems, but also local culture, history and knowledge.
To date, FAF’s TA support has helped COSURCA to train over 800 smallholder farmers on sustainable farming practices and to establish 11 ECAS community schools throughout the Cauca region.
The Colombian farmers we source from include:
Pedro William Mecizo, Balboa, Cauca. Pedro grows coffee oh his 3 ha parcel in the Vereda of Puentetierra, situated in Balboa, Cauca. On the farm the 10 year old coffee trees are grown under the shade of citrus trees and banana trees.
Aurelio Ortega, Argelia, Cauca. Aurelio has been growing coffee for 18 years in Argelia using organic practices on his farm. During this time he is continued to look at ways to improve the cultivation of his crop. In recent years he has made extra effort to help improve the coffee quality by addressing the full cycle of his practices from cultivation through to processing. On the farm there are also a number of shade trees including avocado, orange, guamo and pineapple to help provide a stable environment for the coffee to grow.
Yenny Ruano, Balboa, Cauca. Yenny has cultivated and grown coffee for the past 8 years and has been a member of the ASPROBALBOA group since it began. He helped to initiate the production of coffee and processing on the farms in small beneficios. He now helps Cosurca as well with teaching and education of producers to help improve their practises and quality of coffee.
Ippikin’s Rock - Organic Single Origin
This delicate organic coffee is from Finca Altos de Erapuca, Copan, on the slopes of Honduras’s second highest mountain, Erapuca. It’s a dramatic volcano-like mountain with rich, fertile soil.
The farm owner, Carlos Efrain Paz Sevilla, plants only one coffee varietal - the Catuai bean. This bean is known for producing coffee with clean acidity (hence the pure tea-like quality of our single origin) and is resistant to the natural elements which coffee trees face at higher altitudes. Carlos believes he must protect the land for future generations and has made the brave step of running the farm in compliance with organic production rules and methods. Finca Altos de Erapuca is both Rainforest Alliance and Organically certified.
The Needle’s Eye - Sparkling Water Decaf
Our delicate sparkling water decaf is produced by a non-profit organisation called Rebuild Woman’s Hope.
Established in 2013 by gender equity pioneer Marceline Budza, RWH is a non-profit organisation that is empowering Congolese women by developing entrepreneurship and economic empowerment through coffee farming via the training of its RWH’s members. The DRC is still one of the poorest countries in the world and recovering from 20 years of war. On top of this, it is considered one of the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman.
In 2015, several coffee exporters teamed up with SHIFT (Social Impact Solutions) and RWH in order to leverage the potential that coffee has in creating economic opportunities for female smallholders on Lake Idjwi.
Together, the partners have provided members of RWH with the tools and the know-how to take control of their economic future by integrating them into the coffee chain. The program has included building two washing stations on Idjwi Island - where our Rebuild Women’s Hope coffees are processed - and entrepreneurship and economic empowerment training for RWH’s members.
Idjwi Island is situated on Lake Kivu, lying between Rwanda and mainland DRC. Up until very recently, the coffee produced on Idjwi had no export market. Often, this meant it was sold to middlemen who would smuggle it across the water in boats into neighboring countries for resale.
Even with optimal conditions for coffee cultivation - (fertile soils and altitudes of 2,000 meters) - the quality of production has suffered due to lack of markets, agronomy training, and finance.
Thanks to initiatives like RWH they are now farming using the best agronomic practices, quality-focussed processing, protocols & infrastructure. This has seen the group’s coffees break into the specialty market, where it attracts price premiums that have a huge benefit on the livelihoods of its farmers. Today, RWH has expanded to 1,800 members growing high-quality coffee and the program continues to build a spirit of entrepreneurship among the women on Idjwi Island.
The close collaboration has allowed RWH and its members to realise their dream of rebuilding hope and dignity among women coffee farmers in the DRC.