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Rwanda Mbilima

Rwanda Mbilima

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Rwanda Mbilima by Dukunde Kawa Cooperative

Tastes: Sultanas, rhubarb, lengthy finish
Variety: Bourbon
Region: Musasa, Gakenke District
Process: Fully washed & dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1500-2000 m
Importer: Royal Coffee

This coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Mbilima mill located near a gorilla habitat in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. Farmer plots are so small that measurements are based on the numbers of trees, not area of land. Farmers who process their coffee at the Mbilima mill are members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, which started in 2000 with enough funds to build one wet mill. In the following years, the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative has built three more wet mills (including the Mbilima mill) and completed construction of their own dry mill. More than 80 percent of the cooperative workforce is women, and producer-members have used earnings to improve their standards of living with investments in livestock, access to healthcare, and programs to protect the environment, which won the SCAA 2012 Sustainability Award. The quality of the coffee is also internationally recognized, consistently placing as one of the best in the Cup of the Excellence auction each year.