RWANDA - GAKENEKE - GREENGO
« This cup offers us a bright acidity, berries' notes, nuts and caramel. »
- Species arabica
- Varietal Red bourbon
- Altitude 2100 m
- Harvest period May to september
- Process Fully Washed
- Drying African beds
Dukunde kawa cooperative or the perfect example of a committed cooperative! Last August we visited this cooperative in Musasa, at an altitude of over 2,000 meters. Created in 2004, it brings together more than 1,100 farmers. Only 50 kilometers as the crow flies north of Kigali, but after more than 2.5 hours of winding dirt tracks, we discovered an admirable cooperation.
1 / Preserving the environment and water is reflected in every nook Water is reprocessed, waste is minimized then sorted and the planting of shade trees is encouraged. The cooperative encourages farmers to reforest their plots. When the farmer comes to get a coffee plant from the coop, he also get a young plant of a shade tree. If a shade tree is planted for each coffee tree, the coffee production areas will soon be reforested.
2 / The incomes of the farmers are diversified The women make local crafts when the harvests are finished. There is also a financial assistance system with the creation of a “Farmers saving account”, the possibility of taking out a small loan at low interest rate with the cooperative. Each farmer also receives a cow.
3 / Organic, fairtrade and rainforest certifications have helped to invest in cutting-edge production equipment. The cooperative has built a state-of-the-art dry mill and a cupping room.
Last but not least, we loved their tangy, fruity, round and sweet profiles! There are three washing stations: Ruli (the main washing station, the one where Dukunde kawa is located), Nkara and Mbirima (located nearby).
What is a WOMEN COFFEE?
We decided to support women producers by identifying their coffees with a WOMEN COFFEE logo. Why? Because women play a vital role in the industry, they have a strong involvement in the farms and represent more than 70% of the labour force in the fields, harvesting, sorting the beans... However, only 10% of them are entrepreneurs and only 20% are landowners (including joint ownership with their spouses). Increasing the income of women producers has a direct and positive impact on the education of children and the comfort of the home.
The Northern Province of Rwanda is a large coffee-producing region in which lots of washing stations have been set up. The area counts several thousand producers, and each owns a plot of land. The Northern Province, with its lakes and mountains, is a perfect environment for developing excellent coffees. It sits at an altitude of over 1,600 metres, which is ideal for coffee trees. The Coko terroir has a savannah climate with a dry winter. Rainfall is much more abundant in the summer than in the winter. The average annual temperature is 21.3 °C, for an average rainfall of 828 ml. Some forests have been preserved and hikes are organised near the Visoke volcano, from where you may even see a gorilla as the gorilla population has increased in Rwanda over the past 10 years.