Tasting Notes: honey, plum, toasted almonds
This special micro-lot was produced by 76 female farmers who grow coffee on small farms in the hills surrounding Karambi washing station, located in the Kigoma Sector of Huye District, in Rwanda’s Southern Province. The women are members of the Koakaka Cooperative, who own and manage Karambi along with two other nearby washing stations.
Most washing stations in Rwanda receive cherry from hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of farmers who own very small plots of land. Separation of such tiny lots is expensive and impractical, so the large majority of coffees are processed as a mixed lot from multiple producers. Typically, lots are separated as day lots (ie. cherries that were all picked on the same day) rather than by a single farm or producer group.
Recently the women of Kigarama Village (a small farming community that delivers fresh cherry to Karambi) banded together and made the decision to process and market their coffee as their own. They named their association Rwamweru, which is one of the six zones that Koakaka operates within. The Rwamweru group of female coffee producers provide each other with invaluable support and resources and rely upon each other for farming and financial advice.