Imported through Crop to Cup.
Kopakama is named for the Rwandan co-op from where it hails –– “Kopakama Co-op.” In all, 949 farmers produced this single-varietal coffee, with over one-third (356) being women. This is a rarity in most parts of the world and promotes important economic empowerment in the community.
Kopakama co-op was formed in 1998 with a focus on producing excellent coffee. The co-op produces all fully-washed coffees, all against the backdrop of beautiful surrounding mountain ranges and the pristine waters of Lake Kivu lying nearby.
Early into their formation, the co-operative of farmers invested their profits from coffee sales into building their micro-washing station. They now make use of two washing stations –– one full-scale along with their original micro –– and they have a trained coffee cupper on-premise.
Moreover, Kopakama co-op members have done much to improve their community. Since their inception, they have brought in gravity-fed water to serve the community, used revenues from the Fairtrade premium to access electricity, and purchased a conference hall building.