COFFEE PRODUCER HIGHLIGHT
-ISARD (Sindhupalchok,Nepal)

"We're excited to introduce our latest coffee producer collaborator, ISARD (Integrated Self-help Association for Rural Development), dedicated to advancing the agricultural sector in rural Nepali villages."

- About ISARD

Established in 2047 B.S. (1991 A.D.), the Integrated Self-help Association for Rural Development (ISARD) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to agricultural development in the villages of Barhabise, Sindhupalchowk, for over three decades. Alongside providing agricultural materials, they offer training, technical assistance, market linkage, and infrastructure development to support local agriculture ventures. For more please visit www.isard.org.np

- Exploring ISARD Coffee Station

The majority of coffee is sourced from households in nearby villages, where each home contributes to the cooperative model based on individual interest, some from distant farms. ISARD shared that they've provided roughly 40,000 samples to nearly 90 households, equivalent to coffee cherries from 20,000 plants. What's remarkable is that out of these 90 households, most farms are women-led.

At the ISARD station, coffee processing is meticulous. Most coffee arrives within 24 hours of being picked from household farmers and undergoes rigorous washing and sorting procedures on-site. We had the pleasure of meeting Santosh Jirel and Namaraj Dai, overseeing the processing and supply chain unit, whose conversation showcased their profound knowledge of farming and coffee cultivation.

- Cupping Lab Observations

According to Ashutosh Poudel, our Quality Assurance Head, ISARD coffee offers a clean and consistent morning cup, despite being washed processed. It impressively maintains the sugary sweetness characteristic of Nepali coffees.

In Ashutosh's opinion, "These coffees are versatile; they taste great whether consumed black, with cream, or with sugar. They serve as an ideal introduction to the world of washed coffees."

- Details from Producers

  • Origin: Sindhupalchok, Nepal
  • Harvest: 2024
  • Elevation: 800 - 900m
  • Varietals: Primarily Bourbon & Cattura
  • Household: 80-90 Household (Barabise, Sindhupalchok)
  • Gender Diversity: 80:20 (Female : Male)
  • Sustainability Practice: IPM/ FYM Learnt farmers. Fair cherry price to farmers above market standard - Ethically Sourced.