Andre Hakizimana (organic) - Gakenke, Rwanda - Filter Roast
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Andre is 56 years old and has worked in coffee for over 40 years. He is a founding member of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative and remains very active as a member – he even works at the cooperative in the off-season by providing support with maintenance and improvements outside of the harvest. Andre has also been quite industrious as a coffee farmer; he has gradually saved and acquired more land and planted more trees.
Today he owns over 3,000 coffee trees and has recently planted an additional 60 seedlings. Andre produces around 16 tonnes of coffee cherry per season, which makes him one of Dukunde Kawa’s biggest producing members. He employs eight workers during the harvest to help him with picking. The pickers are trained to select only the ripest cherries for harvest and do several passes throughout the season to ensure quality standards are met.
Andre farms 100% organically. He uses manure from his pigs and cow to fertilise his trees and has planted pumpkins and banana trees to prevent erosion and keep the soil moist. His wife, Anathal Mukawiza, also works closely with him on the farm, and they take great pride in their work and their coffee. They see it as an important investment in their family’s future.