Africa is rising! Be a part of the change
Local coffee farmers collaborating to create opportunities for local cyclists – that is the idea behind the Amani Project. Thanks to our friends at This Side Up we’ve managed to source the beans for the Amani blend directly from the Rwandan, Congolese, and Ugandan farmers. Cutting out the middlemen from the supply line ensures that the farmers receive fair market value for their high-quality specialty coffee beans. It also ensures that there is enough room left over for our Roaster and our coffee shop(s) to cover their costs while also being able to set aside two euros per bag for the cyclists.
What will the funds be used for?
Together with the KNWU (Dutch Cycling Federation), the Amani Project aims to build (and expand) on the progress made with the Kampala Cycling Club and make smart and sustainable investments in the future of cycling in central and east Africa. We will be particularly focused on initiatives focused on women’s’ cycling.
In the first two years, funds from the Amani Project will aim to provide training and racing opportunities to elite men and women from central and east Africa. These may include sponsored training camps at the Africa Rising Cycling Center or other training opportunities in South Africa or Europe. Depending on the funds raised, there may also be opportunities to send central and east Africans to UCI sanctioned races in the near future.
In the longer term, our ambition is to increase access to the sport by looking into ways, together with the relevant cycling authorities, to develop fit-for-purpose training sites that are affordable, easy to maintain and provide up and coming talent with a safe space to ride. Discussions on this initiative are already underway and will be shared as soon as concrete details become available. In the meantime, drink up! and be a part of the change!!
Forget about “single origin” Lola gets its coffee from a single farmer! The man’s name is Hernando “Meko” Gutierrez and he is a fourth generation Colombian coffee farmer. All coffee under our new Oro y Paz label is bought directly from Meko and comes to The Hague straight from his Rosa Florida farm. We think that is pretty cool.
Local coffee farmers collaborating to create opportunities for local cyclists – that is the idea behind the Amani Project. Thanks to our friends at This Side Up we’ve managed to source the beans for the Amani blend directly from the Rwandan, Congolese, and Ugandan farmers. Read more
Want to make Oro y Paz at home? We can teach you how to become your very own expert barista. Lola offers regular coffee workshops for those looking to up their home coffee game. Send us an email and we’ll let you know the date of our next workshop.
Sometimes you’ve got to get out and stretch your legs. Whether it be a local crit race or the UCI World Championships in Innsbruck, Lola takes its coffee on the road with the big yellow bus! Want Lola at your event? Send us an email.