Cyarumbo Women's Coffee - Huye, Rwanda - Filter Roast

Grilled Peach, Cherry, Black Tea

$20.00 

  • Cyarumbo Women's Coffee - Huye, Rwanda - Filter Roast
  • Cyarumbo Women's Coffee - Huye, Rwanda - Filter Roast
  • Cyarumbo Women's Coffee - Huye, Rwanda - Filter Roast
  • Cyarumbo Women's Coffee - Huye, Rwanda - Filter Roast
  • Cyarumbo Women's Coffee - Huye, Rwanda - Filter Roast
  • Cyarumbo Women's Coffee - Huye, Rwanda - Filter Roast

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 COUNTRY Rwanda
PROVINCE Southern Province
REGION Huye District
ALTITUDE 1,500-1,800m above sea level
VARIETY Red Bourbon
PROCESSING Washed
WASHING STATION Cyarumbo
FARMERS 121 cooperative members
OWNER  Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa Maraba Co-operative
AWARDS Cup of Excellence 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015


This special micro-lot was produced by 121 female farmers who own and grow coffee on small farms in the hills surrounding Cyarumbo washing station, in Rwanda’s Southern Province. The women are members of the Abizerwa Women’s Group, one of 23 women’s groups supported by the Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa Maraba Cooperative (or ‘Maraba’). In the local Kinyarwanda language, Abizerwa means “trusted people” – which is fitting for the group, given how much the members share support and resources with each other.

To distinguish their coffee and ensure it is processed separately, the women have organised to deliver cherry to the washing station on certain days of the week. Selling their coffee as a separate lot allows the women to directly benefit from any higher prices paid specifically for their coffees (rather than these profits being shared equally amongst all members) and results in a higher income to support their families. This creates an effective incentive for the women to work as a collective towards achieving the very best quality.

Maraba Cooperative has consistently been recognised for quality including numerous Cup of Excellence awards in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015. This is no small accomplishment, and this year’s lots are right up with these exceptional lots. The cooperative has recently upgraded cherry sorting equipment and a water treatment facilities at each of their washing stations. They have also constructed a warehouse, where the coffee is safely stored before being transported to Kigali for final stages of milling and preparation for export.

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