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Celebrating 80 Years of the Coffee Man

Celebrating 80 Years of the Coffee Man with something new for International Women’s Day

H. R. Higgins

2022 marks 80 years of H. R. Higgins (Coffee-Man) Ltd. Founded in 1942 by Harold Rees Higgins, an ambitious grocer who had an extraordinary passion for coffee, the heart of our business has always been to bring the best that the world of coffee has to offer to our customers.

As we commemorate this incredible milestone in our history, we wanted to build on that legacy of quality and innovation so to kick off our 80th Birthday Celebrations, we are beyond excited introduce a brand new coffee for International Women’s Day, Rwandan Women’s Cooperative. This special coffee is not only of outstanding quality, but is farmed entirely by women.

The Cooperative Coffee Rusiga Sector who grow this coffee is a collection of small farms owned solely by women. The Cooperative was formed with help from the Kinini Project, who work with displaced women and young people in the rural Rulindo District of Rwanda in partnership with “A New Beginning”. By developing education and health care, they have been able to help the community to become self-sufficient, using coffee farming to generate income and create economic stability in the area.

Championing women within the coffee industry has always been important to us. Women have played a pivot role in the history of H. R. Higgins, since opening our doors in 1942.

“Our support for women within the coffee industry stems back to the very beginnings of our business. My late Aunt, Miss Audrey joined the coffee industry aged 16. She was the first employee of H. R. Higgins, helping my grandfather roast and pack coffee in the dark years of the war and she remained an integral member of the team for many, many years."
"Today, H. R. Higgins are proud to have a team of incredible women supporting the business. From our Creative Director, fashion and textile designer Ann Louise Roswald, to our shop manager Preethi, and all of the wonderful ladies who work behind the scenes to provide the best possible service to our customers.”
Our 80th anniversary commemorations will continue throughout 2022, with a host of exciting events, new products and initiatives that we cannot wait to share with you.

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