- 12 oz., 2 lb., or 5 lb. bag
- Producer: Smallholders
- Origin: Songwe, Mbozi, Rwanda
- Altitude: 1,798 meters above sea level
- Variety: Bourbon
- Process: Washed, dried on raised beds
- We taste: Black tea, cinnamon, and golden raisin
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From Crop to Cup, our importer for this coffee: We've long worked in Burundi, with eyes for Rwanda. This year we couldn't help ourselves, so we ventured across the Burundi/Rwanda border to see what we could see. Often first visits don't result in purchases/imports - we like to contextualize the country, kick the tires, and explore where we can add the most value before fully jumping into the pool. But, first impressions can change everything. Especially if you're using your palate.
Both Kopakama Coop and Kinini Tumba Village jumped off our tables, so we jumped at the opportunity to bring them in. These lots show the spectrum of smallholder farmer structure, from long-standing / successful cooperatives (Kopakama) to single villages just getting started on producing/selling under their own name (Tumba Village). We hope you'll get to know them in the cup, as we have this year.
In a country where specialty exports are on the decline, these two coffees provide a compelling argument that we should still be paying attention.