29 Jun '12, 6pm

Rwanda Profiles: Buf Cafe, Remera Washing Station

Because of these practices and its financially privatized nature, Buf Cafe is not certified by either FLO or Fair Trade USA. An argument can be made that, operating under FTUSA’s new small shareholder pilot program, private stations like Buf Cafe could someday achieve certification, due to their exemplary wage rates for contributing farmers and commitment to social services for the cooperatives they do choose to work with. For such a certification to be achieved, Buf’s practice of buying coffee from non-participating individual members from outside cooperatives would likely have to end. An argument can also be made that Buf Cafe’s quality output is so enormously high – they annually place in the top of Rwanda’s COE rankings – precisely because of the degree of flexibility afforded to them as a privately owned station. In researching this piece, we’ve concluded that there i...

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