A Bit of Heaven from Rwanda

Coffee in Rwanda

From: New Agriculturalist

When I first opened our new bag of green Fair Trade Rwanda Dukunde Kawa, I was amazed at the clean and deep color. And of course, I was excited to work on the roast to see what we could pull out of our Rwandan, specialty grade coffee. I dropped it into the Diedrich IR-12 as any other African bean, assuming the first crack would happen at a fairly consistent temperature, which informs when I load the drum.  After a couple roasts, just lighter or darker than the last, we dialed in the profile; it’s a wonderful cup.

Profile: A medium roast with medium to lighter body. Complex. Dry finish. Floral, hibiscus. Winey.

Notes on the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, from our Fair Trade certifiers, Fair Trade, USA:

Founded in 2000, The Dukunde Kawa Cooperative (Musasa) cultivates its high-quality coffee near a mountain gorilla habitat in central Rwanda. By producing high-end coffee for the international market and employing a majority female workforce, the cooperative ensures maximum benefits to local families. In 2003, it built a washing station with funds provided by the Rwandan ministry of defense. In exchange for this support, the Dukunde Kawa cooperative donates 10 percent of its net profits annually to fund the construction of other washing stations throughout Rwanda.

Fair Trade Certified™ since 2004, Dukunde Kawa secures a high standard of living for Rwandan farmers by ensuring access to an economically and environmentally sustainable coffee industry. Eighty percent of Dukunde’s producers are women.

In February 2005, the Coffee Review gave Dukunde Kawa’s coffee a rating of 90 points and recommended their coffee to those “moved by the miracle of mountain gorillas, by the recovery of Rwanda, and by the miraculous pleasure of a delicately lush coffee like this one.”