A new documentary from DW meets individuals in Germany who have teamed up with coffee-producing collectives in Africa and central America to ensure coffee is sustainably produced and fair traded.
In Rwanda, coffee trader Xaver Kitzinger teams up with the all women coffee cooperative, Dukundekawa In Rwanda, Musasa. The beans are roasted in Rwanda, so that income goes back into the local economy.
Elsewhere Cornelius Bockermann, captain of the Avontuur, regularly carries coffee beans to Germany. Nearly 100 years old, Avontuur is the first German sailing ship to bring cargo regularly from all around the world to Europe in the modern day.
Because Avontuur is driven by the wind, the ship is quiet, and runs without fossil fuels. Its carbon dioxide emissions are 90% lower than conventional vessels.
One of the recipients of the shipment is Aaron Li Küppers. He runs Hamburg’s “Teikei Café” with his father. Together they serve up coffee with a conscience in recyclable cups and reinvest their profits in new fair-trade and sustainable projects.
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