We are pleased to present a brand new natural processed coffee from the East African country of Rwanda, our first Rwandan coffee offering ever!
This creamy coffee with big notes of chocolate and blackberry comes to us from the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative in Northern Rwanda. "Dukunde Kawa" translates as "Let's Love Coffee" in the Kinyarwanda language, in reference to the power of coffee to improve the lives of farmers in rural communities. Founded in 2000, the cooperative focuses on producing high-end coffee for the international market, increasing both the quality of production and financial benefits to local farming families. Many farmers who work with the co-op have seen their income double since joining, and many now have access to health insurance for the first time.
Dukunde Kawa supports nearly 1200 farmer members, eighty percent of which are women producers. The cooperative has constructed 2 schools for local children, provides livestock to their producer members, and donates 10% of its proceeds to building additional processing stations throughout Rwanda. This lot is both Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified!
After receiving ripe coffee cherries from its famers, the coffee is hand sorted and separated by density, selecting only the highest quality for processing. The cherries are then dried in the sun on raised beds for 20-25 days, allowing many of the sugars from the fruit to transfer to the bean, giving the coffee a sweet and jammy profile.
We are tasting blackberry and cream, with pervasive notes of chocolate a hint of lime on the finish. The cup is round and creamy, with low acidity and easy drinking. We recommend manual brewing methods to experience the delicate nuances of this coffee - Hario V60, Chemex, and Aeropress have all showcased this coffee beautifully. As always, it is best to grind immediately before brewing to ensure that these interesting tasting notes are present in your brewed cup.
Region: Gakenke Region, Northern Rwanda
Producer: Dukunde Kawa Musasa Cooperative
Variety: Bourbon and various other Arabica varieties
Elevation: 1800-2200 meters above sea level
Certifications: Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance