Some of Rwanda's best fully washed Arabica comes from Matyazo's washing station, located at 1728 meters above sea level. Matyazo was a finalist in the Rwandan Cup of Excellence competition in 2010. The 729 small holder farmers that delivered to Matyazo in the 2010 harvest shared in the cooperative's profits. The cooperative paid out a substantial second payment to its farmer suppliers as a way of distributing profits.
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.