Ulinzi Africa Foundation, in collaboration with Spring Valley Coffee, launched Ulinzi Conservation Coffee to protect critical ecosystems by empowering rangers to defend wildlife in the Tana Delta region in Kenya.
The onset of COVID-19, reduced tourism and the closure of national parks led to the inevitable: an increase in poaching. Rangers play a critical role in protecting our wildlife and ecosystems, though their welfare is often overlooked. From the lack of essential equipment and adequate training, to deactivating traps and coming face-to-face with dangerous poachers, rangers put their lives at risk every day to protect our natural environment.
Launched as the world celebrates all rangers on World Ranger Day, Ulinzi Conservation Coffee was launched with 50% of the profits from the coffee to be shared with the Ulinzi Africa Foundation. Additionally, for every bag of coffee sold, five tree seedlings are planted through Seedballs Kenya. Raabia Hawa, a Ranger and the Executive Director of the Ulinzi Africa Foundation said: “COVID-19’s effects are particularly damaging for people who were already marginalized who often resort to illegal activities to fill the financial gap – one of those being poaching. I believe the profits from Ulinzi Conservation Coffee will save our lives.”
The profit share from Ulinzi Conservation Coffee will allow the Foundation to train local communities on conservation and sustainability, deploy rangers to patrol and protect our forests and wildlife, and provide essential gear and critical first aid training. Ulinzi Africa Foundation’s mission is to empower rangers to defend wildlife and is East Africa’s first non-profit aimed at protecting vulnerable species and critical ecosystems exclusively through ranger welfare, empowerment & facilitation.
Moved to act following his participation in Walk with Rangers in 2018 and 2019, Steffen Sauer founded Ulinzi Conservation Coffee to combine his passion for conservation and coffee. Steffen’s intention was “to support the amazing work Ulinzi Africa Foundation does and raise awareness of the impact of poaching through coffee!”
Sharing the desire to align passion & purpose, Spring Valley Coffee helped bring Ulinzi Conservation Coffee to life. Ritesh Doshi, the CEO, said “Business is not a zero-sum game; we all have a responsibility both to the environment we call home, as well as to the communities we serve; coffee is our way of making a difference.” Spring Valley Coffee created a special coffee for a cause as unique as Ulinzi. A combination of coffee bean varietals and sizes – including the much sought-after peaberry – are grown at the Maguta Estate in Nyeri at 1,750 meters above sea level. The farmer, David Maguta, is a third generation coffee farmer who revived his family’s coffee farm and experiments with natural cherry processing and organic farming methods.
Since 2009, every batch of coffee at Spring Valley Coffee has been roasted by hand and with love, a tradition continued with Ulinzi Conservation Coffee. The resulting medium roast coffee offers hints of berries & stone fruit and has a bright finish.