Munduk Foundation

YOUR PURCHASE OF MUNDUK COFFEE DIRECTLY HELPS THOSE THAT WORKED THE HARDEST TO BRING IT TO YOU. HOW THIS HAPPENS IS TWOFOLD.

  1. MUNDUK  KEEPS A GREAT PORTION OF THE REVENUES AT ORIGIN
  2. MUNDUK COFFEE PLOUGHS A PORTION OF HER PROFITS BACK INTO THE MUNDUK FOUNDATION.

GIVING FORWARD

Munduk Coffee aims to give forward, rather than to give back, empowering the residents of the Munduk/Gobleg region, where our coffee is sourced.

This results in a stronger local economy and tighter social bonds.

We do this while preserving the delicate environmental balance and revitalizing Bali’s 300 year old coffee industry.

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MUNDUK COFFEE ACTIVELY STIMULATES THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND THE PRODUCTION OF HIGHER QUALITY COFFEE

WE PAY MORE: On Munduk Moding Plantation we have four farmers working. They maintain our own coffee trees and in return receive 50% of the harvest. We buy the cherries back from them at the premium prices we offer to other farmers.

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IMPROVING QUALITY: The 5% to 10% surplus we pay for coffee we purchase from other farmers in the Gobleg/Munduk region demands a high quality, organic product. This provides strong economic incentives to improve coffee quality.

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WE PROVIDE FREE TRAINING FOR FARMERS:

WE CREATE JOBS: The prices paid for hand selected coffee cherries are DOUBLE those paid for strip harvest cherries. Multiple rounds of harvesting are necessary to select the highest quality, fully ripe cherries Munduk buys from other farms in the region. This generates employment for local pickers.

This year Munduk created several new jobs in the region for builders, drivers, coffee processors, roasters and packagers. To ensure our high quality standards, this year we have invested heavily in our facilities. Munduk has built raised bed drying tables and rain sheltering,  processing stations and brand new packaging and roasting facilities.

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Some of our marketing materials have also been produced in Bali, creating jobs for the local photographers, designers and printers.

The Bali based branch of the Munduk Sales Team is actively pursuing new customers in their local market

MUNDUK’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT

MUNDUK IS ACTIVELY REVITALISING BALI’S 300 YEAR OLD COFFEE INDUSTRY….and sustaining the delicate environmental balance.

From the 1800’s up until the 1980’s, the hill stations of Munduk were recognized as the most productive areas on Bali to grow coffee. 

In the 1990’s coffee prices fell dramatically. Many farmers abandoned coffee farming, switching to other cash crops that brought higher revenues. Soil erosion and falling water tables followed suit.

RESTORING THE NEGLECTED MUNDUK MODING PLANTATION

Prior to 2007, Munduk Moding Plantation was a poorly maintained coffee plantation which was not structurally managed. 

A dedicated team cleared old growth and planted shadow trees. Hunting was banished and the indigenous birds and beasts returned. Arabica coffee seedlings were planted in the rich and re vitalised volcanic soil, giving birth to Munduk Moding Plantation as it is today. FOTO MMP TODAY

WORKING WITH THE MUNDUK/GOBLEG FARMING COMMUNITY TO RAISE COFFEE QUALITY

Over the last 10 years we have established a strong connection with the local community which is based on mutual respect and trust. The key idea from the start was to restore the coffee farming culture by working closely with our neighbouring coffee farmers.

HEALTHY COMPETITION

Our purchasing strategy has generated quite a competition among the farmers. Our exacting quality standards combined with the higher price we pay, has stimulated other farmers to  grow higher quality coffee.

KEEPING THE REVENUES AT ORIGIN

MUNDUK  works to cut out some of the links in the production chain which traditionally collect a very large part of the revenue at the expense of the farmer. By shifting many of the production processes to origin, we generate jobs and income for the hardest working link in the production chain: the Balinese.

While coffee farming requires patience – trees only start bearing fruit after 4 years we believe that – helped by rising international prices on world markets and the active support of the Indonesian and Balinese authorities, we can succeed with our partners.

HOW COFFEE FARMING HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

A fertile ecosystem is created and maintained through sustainable coffee farming. The shadow trees, which are needed to protect the coffee trees, are all small reservoirs of water. Moreover they stabilise the fertile top layer of soil, even during the rainy season. The tree canopy attracts insects and bird life.

Organic coffee farming therefore does not exhaust the land and – contrary to cash crops such as oranges, flowers or even clove – can in principle be maintained for many decades in the same place.

MAKING PROGRESS:

The results of these economic incentives are already evident. This year’s green bean harvest has radically improved in quality.  Beyond this, more farmer’s are reverting to producing coffee, rather than products with a negative effect on the environment.

The income we generate from selling our high quality coffees is invested directly in the region, via our Foundation.

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Local community to (re-)introduce high quality coffee cultivation at scale by ensuring that large parts of the agricultural land in the region are used for growing high quality and sustainable coffees. These coffees command much higher prices which will support the farmers in the region economically and facilitate community development. The cultivation of organic coffees with the accompanying shadow trees and the absence of the use of pesticides will also contribute to the environmental protection and in some cases regeneration of the land in the area.

The focus on finding a balance between economic, social and environmental factors is very close to the Balinese Hindu concept of Tri Hita Karana which holds that man should seek a balance between his relation to God, the community and nature.

It is also the philosophy underpinning Munduk Moding Plantation at which BPMC is located.

MCC/BPMC aim to function as catalysts for this process by providing the necessary support and incentives. We do this by fully integrating the production chain – from bean to cup – and returning the savings this generates in large part to farmers and the local population in a way that incentivices them to become part of this process.

In essence, we will source, process, roast, transport and distributie our coffees ourselves as much as possible to ensure optimal quality control and alignment with our vision at all stages of the production process.

Our customers will pay “standard” prices for high quality coffees and we aim to ensure that we are competitive on price and quality alone. In other words, our social and environmental activities are a strong complementary reason to purchase our products but are not intended as a substitute for high basic quality standards and a fair price.

In addition to the support for the farmers which we believe will be the main driver for change in the longer run, we also support the local community in a variety of manners through our MMP/BPMC Foundation.  The objective here is to demonstrate a concrete and direct positive impact on the local community so as to convinced them of the vision underpinning our project. This support given by the foundation presently consists of the following activities:

The provision of scholarships to poor but bright students to finish high school and to continue College Education. Where possible we will priviliged girls who are still somewhat disadvantaged compared to their brothers.
Support for environmental activities and environmental education/training: this is also supported by MMP’s Green Team which works with the village to remove plastic dumps and hazardous waste; the Foundation has provided wastebins to the village allowing waste to be sorted  and therefore more safely processed;
We provide access to our dedicated well to the local school which has no running water and provide the school more generally with financial support;
We provide free English language classes to local youth given the poor standard of instruction in Public schools;
The Foundation supports the local arts and culture. We fund a Balinese dance Group for young girls, support a martial arts group for boys and subsidies various cultural activities such as the Ogoh Ogoh parades held around Nyepi (silence) day;
The Foundation  funds various health checks of staff and members of the Community to ensure prevention of common diseases such
General support for activities undertaken by the local administration for the improvement of the conditions of the villagers such as, for example, the construction of a playground

The Foundation is considering providing a small Public Library with a stock of good quality books and two internet connected computers for local children.

The precise support is closely co-ordinated with the local community, notably the ADAT (the customary village hierarchy) and the Head of the village. We believe that they are best placed to identify pressing needs and advise us on how we can best support the local community. This is also essential to avoid jealousies and controversies with our neighbours.

Finally, the Foundation will be publishing an annual report detailing its activities which will be available to all customers of BPMC/MC through our website.