A welcome move from Fairtrade

05/04/2019 2:12pm

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This week we welcomed the news that Fairtrade International has revised its Standards for Small-scale Producer Organisations. We are pleased to see Fairtrade’s continued efforts to lift the bar, ensure standards are relevant and deliver lasting impact. The revisions include: Environmental protection: monitoring and preventing deforestation have been strengthened, and requirements on improving soil...

Twin shortlisted in the Business Charity Awards

25/03/2019 2:12pm

BCA 19 shortlist

Twin has been shortlisted in the Community Impact category of the Business Charity Awards. The nomination is for our three year project, Coffee and Collaboration: a success story from Peru. The project was run in collaboration with Matthew Algie, Taylors of Harrogate, Marks & Spencer and two coffee cooperatives in Peru, Pangoa and San Juan del Oro. The Business Charity Awards is run by Third Secto...

Esperanza Dionisio named Sustainability Champion

22/03/2019 10:12am

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Esperanza Dionisio, the General Manager of the Pangoa coffee cooperative in Peru, is named the first Sustainability Champion by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA). Every year SCA promotes sustainability in the coffee industry with its Sustainability Awards. Last year, Twin was thrilled to win the sustainable business category. The Sustainability Champion is a new category in this year’s awards...

Eat chocolate, save a rainforest

17/01/2019 10:12am

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This week, the RSPB launched a Gola Rainforest chocolate bar using cocoa from the rainforest in Sierra Leone. It is available online and in RSPB shops around the UK. Twin is working in collaboration with the RSPB and Gola Rainforest Conservation to support farmers organised in a producer organisation called Ngolegorbu to collectively export their cocoa to premium markets while preserving the rainf...

Investing in Uganda’s youth

11/12/2018 11:05am

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Twin is working with Farm Africa on a three-year project to help young farmers and women in Uganda build successful careers in the coffee industry. The project is partly funded by the European Union. In 2015, coffee was responsible for 19% (US$442 million) of Uganda’s foreign exchange earnings. However, with average farm size under 1 hectare, many coffee farmers struggle to earn a decent income.  ...

Join us at this year's SCA

05/04/2018 11:45am

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Join us during the Specialty Coffee Association Expo in Seattle, Washington, on Friday 20th April, 2018 for a panel discussion with a difference! We’ll be hearing from a panel of young people at the forefront of working to inspire the next generation of coffee farmers: Daniel Mwakalinga - Agronomist and Farmer Trainer, Vuasu Cooperative Union, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania Joanna Furgiuele - Fundr...

Our latest report is available!

28/03/2018 1:50pm

Smallholders and specialty report news

Following an inspiring panel presentation that took place in London on Wednesday 28th March with the involvement of approximately 50 attendees including some of our buyers, partners and friends from the industry, our latest report on Smallholders Farmers and Specialty Markets was released to the public. In this report we want to share Twin's experience of working with smallholder farmers in remote...

Twin to chair AFCA discussion

05/02/2018 11:00am


We are pleased to announce that Mattia Guglielmi, the Regional Manager of Twin's Kigali office, will be chairing a panel discussion at this year's African Fine Coffee Conference and Exhibition. The panel discussion, 'Productivity Initiatives', will take place on 16th February in Kampala, Uganda. SESSION 7: PRODUCTIVITY INTIATIVES Time: 11:30 - 13:00 Session Chair: Mattia Guglielmi, Twin, East Afr...

Twin featured on M&S blog

18/12/2017 3:28pm


Click here to read a great blog post from Marks & Spencer about our project in Peru, and how we're empowering women farmers and tackling climate change with Taylors and Matthew Algie. For more information about the Twin and M&S Peru project, click here.

Twin featured on SCA video

30/10/2017 4:25pm

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Twin has been featured in a video project by the Specialty Coffee Association, which recognises Sustainability Award Winners from previous years. The compilation premiered at the SCA's first conference on sustainability, Avance, earlier this month. Look out for Sylvia, Diane and Doreen at 2:07!

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