Women's Peace SOPACDI (Espresso)
Tangerine, Sweet Sherry and Brown sugar
20% are women farmers.
This micro-station Bourbon lot is the result of incredible work pursued by SOPACDI (Solidarité Paysanne pour la Promotion des Actions Café et Development Intégral), an organisation in the Lake Kivu district of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
For every pound of coffee that Equal Exchange buys, two cents are put aside for the SOPACDI’s women’s group to engage in various activities of their choosing. One group decided to buy a motorcycle and have a rent-to-own program with a local driver.
Another group purchased equipment to produce flour and after it became too difficult to manage, they decided to sell it and today they are re-investing the money into goats.
Altitude1460m - 2000m
In Melbourne, they discovered an underground movement called Third Wave coffee. Captivated by the flavour and provenance-driven approach to coffee, they dove in head-first and learned everything possible about this enigmatic drink. Maxwell and Lesley were driven by the opportunity to learn and innovate at a time when people were beginning to think differently about what coffee could be.
In 2009, they opened the destination coffee shop Colonna & Small’s in Bath, UK. The shop was dedicated to showcasing the most exceptional coffees in a space built to engage a conversation around coffee. Colonna & Small’s soon became internationally recognised and was awarded the ‘Best Coffee Shop in Europe’ title in 2016.
Colonna & Small's quickly became a hub for innovation. Maxwell and Lesley built a team and grew a customer base, who all shared their passion for great coffee. The company became part of the international coffee circuit, seeing Maxwell taking part in coffee competitions, collaborating with industry experts, scientists and inventors from many different fields.
Our founder Maxwell won the UK barista championship in 2012, 2014 & 2015. This connected us with a global network of fellow coffee enthusiasts and allowed us to collaborate further and wider in the pursuit of exceptional coffee.