Rwanda Kilimbi Washing Station
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Region: Nyamasheke, Western Province
Variety: Red Bourbon
Processing: Fully Washed
Almost two years ago, two folks named Kenny and Julia showed up at our coffee bar. Kenny was from Rwanda and they were looking to establish a sustainable coffee exporting business focused on Rwandan coffee. They were both on a trip across the US to interview various roasting companies for market research, and swung by to talk to us. In their words, "sustainable” means both paying everyone well (farmers, washing station employees, exporters) and supporting businesses that have invested long-term in the community. He expressed that he had seen a lot of coffee businesses in Rwanda that were either not economically viable or were geared towards the buyers and that had no roots in the community. So, they founded Higa Coffee. Julia has since focused on becoming a Q-grader (an individual who is credentialed to grade and score coffees) and both of them now cup coffees from different local producers and partners on a regular basis.
- pay their staff well
- pay farmers well (around 20% higher than market for cherries),
- have world-class quality control standards
- have amazing coffee
We are excited for the sweet, tart flavors of ruby grapefruit, blackberry, and lemon curd paired with a juicy body. It is clear that there is a lot of love and intention that went into this coffee. The efforts of Higa Coffee and Kilimbi Washing Station show that the desire to both make a quality product and a positive impact on peoples' lives can go hand in hand. We're excited to offer you such an excellent coffee to enjoy during the warmer days ahead!
All coffees are available in whole bean only.