Brewing Success: Bean to Cup Project Empowers Smallholder Coffee Farmers

Ann Chesang Tuei at her coffee farm in Kipkellion, Kenya . Photo: Catherine Waking'a
Ann Chesang Tuei at her coffee farm in Kipkellion, Kenya . Photo: Catherine Waking'a
Bean to Cup (BECUP project) – is an inspiring initiative dedicated to promoting smallholder coffee production, quality, and income, all while advancing gender equality for improved livelihoods of farmers. 

The primary objective of the BECUP project is to revolutionize coffee production and productivity, aiming to foster sustainability, enhance coffee quality, and create economic opportunities for smallholder coffee farmers.

The project acknowledges the detrimental impact of outdated agricultural practices, including soil depletion, environmental pollution, and water scarcity, further exacerbated by the challenges of climate change.

In response, the project is driving the adoption of modern, environmentally friendly coffee cultivation methods to ensure a more sustainable future.

To achieve its vision, the project has forged a direct link between smallholder coffee farmers and a niche market in Sweden. The coffee industry as a whole recognizes the urgent need for sustainable coffee production that benefits both the environment and communities.

We Effect, Lykke Kaffegårdar, and Long Mile teams engage in coffee cupping at Lunar Wash Station in Uganda. Photo: George Onyango

In collaboration with Lykke Kaffegårdar and Long Miles, the project is pioneering new technologies and business models that promote profitability and sustainability in coffee production. The presence of Long Miles Coffee, an international company, based in the Mt Rwenzori region, provides crucial technical expertise and facilitates the processing and export of coffee, while empowering farmers through training in good agronomic practices.

Together, they are transforming the coffee landscape and elevating the quality of coffee production.

The BECUP project boasts a diverse range of partners at various levels, including Kooperativa Förbundet (KFs), a Swedish cooperative union for 48 consumer cooperatives with OVER 3 million members and a member of We Effect, which has made significant investments in the project, particularly in the wet coffee processing of red cherries at micro-wash stations in the Mt Rwenzori region.

KFs considers the BECUP project a focal initiative, demonstrating its commitment to sustainable coffee production.

Additionally, Lykke Kaffegårdar, a Swedish-based roaster company, is an active investor in the project, supporting its mission. We Effect, a crucial partner, plays a pivotal role in facilitating partnerships between producer cooperatives, farmers, and buyers like Lykke Kaffegårdar, thereby ensuring a stable market for the farmers’ coffee. With their oversight and expertise,

We Effect is driving positive change, improving the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farmers, and championing sustainable practices throughout the region.

Recently, a visit to Uganda was organized to assess the progress of the BECUP project. The visit aimed to evaluate the project’s advancements, understand the roles of different stakeholders, explore new collaboration opportunities, and strengthen relationships along the coffee value chain.

We Effect, Lykke Kaffegårdar, and Long Mile teams observing coffee drying at Lunar Coffee wash station in Uganda. Photo: George Onyango

By fostering learning and collaboration, the project continues to thrive and make a lasting impact on the lives of coffee farmers.

The BECUP project is a shining example of how sustainable coffee production can uplift communities, protect the environment, and ensure a delectable cup of coffee with a clear conscience.

Join us in supporting the journey towards a brighter, more sustainable future for coffee farming!