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The Ea Tân Cooperative have been growing speciality Robustas in Vietnam since 2015, as the benefits of realigning their cooperative structure began to kick in. This led to the co-operative winning two awards so far, TopCup in Vietnam Amazing Cup in both 2019 and 2020.
Starting out like many focussing on yield, since doing the Simexco (the export partner for the cooperative) Sustainability Program in 2009 they have turned their attention both the quality of the bean they grow and the environment it is grown in. This lead to the engagement of the group with more specialised processing methods and development of honey, natural, washed and semi washed processes.
Since 2013 the group have further focussed on the cooperative structure, and synchronising their farming practises and processing to reduce costs. The relatively small area (3-4ha) under each household means relative processing costs are expensive, but by synchronising in this way the processes are better streamlined.
Simexco, who export the coffee, are recognized as one of Vietnam’s leading coffee exporters and were founded in 1993. They have been pushing their Sustainability Coffee Project since 2009, where they have developed a Sustainability Production Area of up to 2000 farmers, across 5000 hectares.
This action is also supported by being Utz Certified, 4C and Rainforest Alliance.