Region: Gashonga, Rusizi District
Producer certifications: FT+
Processing method: Washed
Altitude: 1650 m
Tasting notes (at a medium roast): A complex coffee that has tropical and stone fruit sweetness, a notable citrus component and hints of sweet chocolate.
Rwanda Gashonga is the first coffee that is part of our Barista Exchange program that aims to connect women coffee producers, roasters, and baristas in Canada and Rwanda. The program will support women in both countries and operate for a one-month period. Two dollars from each pound of coffee sold will go towards supporting the exchange.
This all-women's coffee originates from Gashonga, the tiny corner of Rwanda that lies between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi. It is located in the Rusizi district, close to Lake Kivu. The Gashonga cooperative was formed in 2009 as a collective effort with 85 women coffee farmers and now has over 100 members. With the help of Sustainable Growers
in the form of agricultural, management and team building training, they have consistently improved quality and volumes year after year.
"Through perseverance, hard work, and an enterprising spirit, the women of the Gashonga cooperative have excelled in every regard since founding their organization in 2009, from producing world-class coffee (with a seventh place finish at the 2015 Rwanda COE) to investing in social programs that provide access to education and healthcare for its producer members." - Sustainable Harvest