The Women Behind Three Queens Blend - Allegro Coffee

The Women Behind Three Queens Blend

Posted In: All Posts, Giving Back, Making Coffee Matter

Every year, we release a coffee that’s extra special to us. We source our Three Queens Blend coffee from three amazing coffee farms in East Africa. And, it’s produced by incredible women working to empower generations of women around them. We’re excited to introduce you to the queens behind the coffee.

Rwanda Koakaka Cooperative

The first coffee comes from the 297 women members of the Koakaka Cooperative, located in the Nyamagabe district of Southern Rwanda. We are amazed by these women, recovering from horrible genocide and banding together to create peace and a better life for younger generations. The women in this cooperative have had great success selling coffee as a collective; that’s why more and more women continue joining as they want to be a part of something that’s helping the community.

Bag of three queens blend, a light roast coffee, sitting next to a person enjoying a cup of coffee.

Muungano Cooperative

Just across Lake Kivu from Rwanda is the second farm included in this year’s blend. The Muungano Cooperative in the Democratic Republic of Congo was started in 2009 and of its 4,400 members, half are women. Muungano is Swahili for “togetherness” and that’s exactly the what the cooperative is working towards. Having also overcome years of civil and tribal wars, the group adopted the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) to address the gender inequalities within the coffee industry.

Mzuzu Coffee Cooperative Union

Heading southeast of the Congo, we find our last farm. The Mzuzu Coffee Cooperative Union in Malawi has 3,000 members and 25% are women. This co-op actively emphasizes gender equity, creating internal programs which focus on improving access to land for women and encouraging women to become key decision makers within the home and in leadership positions within the organization.

From co-op partners to the Partnership for Gender Equity

We are so proud to work with farms that are working toward a better future for their communities. By choosing to partner with co-ops who see the importance in gender equality, we are not only helping these farms grow, but showing other farmers that the demand for equality is here and encourage others to follow suit. As part of our mission to spread better coffee practices, we are donating $10,000 to the Partnership for Gender Equity with the release of our Three Queens Blend. Partnership for Gender Equity is an organization working to help women in coffee producing countries achieve gender equity. Now you can also help bridge the gap in gender equality and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at the same time. 


More Articles

Brewing Tips

How To: Grow Your Own Herbal Tea Garden

This summer, we’re planting herb gardens at home, perfect to clip off fresh leafs when you need them, and sparing you from all the waste that can come from buying large bundles at the store. One of our favorite things to do with fresh herbs is to brew our own...

Learn More

Brewing Tips

How To Brew French Press Coffee

French Press Brew Guide We love the classic brew of a French press, it's a great first step to brewing coffee by hand. If you're wondering how to brew French press coffee, our easy tutorial will get you brewing in no time! Try brewing with our Organic Breakfast Blend or...

Learn More

Team Member Stories

Amber's Origin Trip to Costa Rica

By Amber Barkley, Team Leader - Allegro Coffee Roasters Bowery (NYC) From Seed to Cup and the People In Between Everyone I spoke to about the Allegro origin trip to Costa Rica told me that it would change my whole outlook on coffee. They said that no matter how passionate...

Learn More

Love coffee & tea?



Sign up for our newsletter and get

10% off* on your first online purchase plus exclusive discounts.

*A code will be emailed to you.

You have Successfully Subscribed!