Organic Rwanda
Organic Rwanda

Organic Rwanda

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Well-balanced cup with notes of melon and chocolate hazelnut.

 

Coffee Farm Information
Location: Western Province of Rwanda
Altitude: 4,921 – 6,233 Feet (1,500 – 1,900 Meters)
Varietal: Bourbon
Process: Fully washed
Drying: Sun-dried on elevated beds
Harvest: March – August

Certifications
 
Coffee has long been Rwanda’s largest export, but the genocide of 1994 brought production to a halt. The genocide destroyed the country and with nearly one million lives lost in just 90 days. With assistance from international political bodies and the tremendous courage of the Rwandan people, a degree of stability has been brought back to the country. Members have overcome great obstacles utilizing their agricultural knowledge to sustain their recovering land for the benefit of their community.
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Cooperative pour la Promotion des Activities Cafe (COOPAC) is located in the Rutsiro and Rubavu districts of the Western Province of Rwanda, near Lake Kivu's steep volcanic slopes. The volcanic terrain, high altitude, and heavy rainfall creates a perfect environment for producing high-quality Arabica beans. The cooperative began in 2001 with just 110 farmers and now employs 2,200 members. COOPAC has been Fair Trade Certified since 2003. Their Fair Trade premiums provide improved infrastructure & health care for its members. Farmworkers and their families count on access to doctors, medicine, and health education through COOPAC. They are also able to travel to and from work safely with improved infrastructure. The cooperative president, Emmanuel Rwakagara, is driven to create and coffee of superior quality and pursues this relentlessly with cooperative members. Excellent coffee quality and Fair Trade certification have enabled COOPAC to sustain efforts for socio-economic development.
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In 2007, COOPAC took first place among Rwandan producers in the Eastern African Fine Coffee Association cupping competition and placed third overall with a cupping score of 87. In 2010, they won the Rwanda Cup of Excellence - a strict competition that selects the very best coffees produced from around the country.