Although the information we receive is correct, it does not reflect the true impact of the events that affect the industry. Today in Rwanda and Burundi many farmers are changing coffee for other more profitable and reliable crops, and it is our responsibility to acknowledge, encourage and protect the work of these small farmers, through our purchasing decisions. Therefore, we should always choose importers and roasters that promote traceability (at least up to the washing station) and price transparency.
Enjoy your coffee and keep in mind that without small farmers there would be no specialty coffee! This is an undeniable fact.