The Little Coffee Company
The Little Coffee Company is on a mission to source premium organic coffees and ensure a fair deal for the farmers that grow them.
They work with female farmers in regions affected by the coffee crisis, paying directly so producers don’t lose out on profits through mark-ups or middlemen. What’s more, the Little Coffee Company pays these farmers well above standard rates – 20-125% more than Fairtrade rates, in fact.
Their support for farming communities extends to grassroots development projects to ensure the safety and economic empowerment of female farmers, who are often the sole breadwinners in their family.
Little Coffee Company also donates 20p from every one of their tins to SolarAid. This charity helps farmers access solar lamps as an alternative to the dangerous kerosene lamps or candles often used and helps their children to read after the sun's gone down.
With quality scores above 80, every Little Coffee Company drink is a specialty coffee. Find beans from Ethiopia, Tanzania and certified Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee among the range.
As well as hitting the mark on flavour, these coffees are sustainably grown using only environmentally farming practices and no pesticides. Packaging is either recyclable or reusable, too.
Lauren Le Franc first started working in the coffee industry in Jamaica, where she was born and raised. Through her work, she met women producing some of the finest beans in the world, yet poverty was still a problem in their communities.
As a result, Lauren was inspired to set up a company that showcased these exceptional coffees, paid the female farmers what they deserved and empowered their communities.
Today, the Little Coffee Company continues to champion female-led coffee-growing ventures across the Caribbean and Africa.