When Gumutindo Co-op Suspended its operations in 2015 due to financial challenges, Fair Trade-certified farmers were left frustrated and unable to sell their coffee in an organized sustainable market.
These illusioned farmers regrouped and formed Mt Elgon Agroforestry Communities Cooperative Enterprise Ltd (MEACCE) as a new cooperative in 2017 certified (Fair Trade and Organic).
Today MEACCE represents 12 primary societies; Konokoyi, Bumatanda, Buwesswa, Yilwanako, Bunabude, Bumugibole, Demukata, Sipi, Fusta, Bushiribo, Namanyonyi Shalom, Kamwanyi and over 3,282 coffee farmer members spread across the Mt Elgon region. MEACCE has been trading with Mountain Harvest (a coffee exporter) for 2 seasons (2017 – 2019).
Our predominately Agroforestry community farmers grow coffee at elevations ranging from 1,300 to 2,100 meters above sea level under canopies of indigenous trees and bananas.
Our farmers use compost from small holdings assisted by animals and we also strive to understand how various farm and processing methods influence the quality of the cup.
Coffees are farmed in traditional ways, with the help of agronomy training to get the best cup results.
Consequuntur quis fugit do, varius quidem, sapiente quas bibend.