Located in the eastern corner of Rwanda, Cocamu is a farmer-owned coffee cooperative that has been operating a successful coffee washing station since 2007. Cocamu's washing station is located at 1512 meters above sea level in an area with plentiful arabica coffee. Over 700 smallholder coffee farmers delivered cherry to Cocamu during the 2010 harvest. Cocamu produces high quality specialty coffee which has attracted international specialty buyers since 2007.
Transparency is an important driver of efficiency and good governance at cooperatively-owned coffee wet mills and can lead to higher farm-gate prices. Coffeetransparency.com collates the most important production and financial information from participating wet mill businesses - from export revenues to incomes -and organizes this information into a two-page transparency sheet. The left-hand numbers are key indicators of production efficiency and farmer income for the most recently completed coffee season.
Adopting business practices that treat workers and suppliers ethically and fairly, protect the environment, and promote economic transparency will build the foundation for a sustainable business. Participating wet mills and supplying farmers are trained and audited on a set of sustainability standards that focus on 5 categories – social responsibility & ethics, occupational health & safety, environmental responsibility, economic transparency and production & farm management. The numbers on the left track compliance against best practices in each category from the most recently completed sustainability audit.