Origin Information

Grower
Dukunde Kawa Cooperative
Variety
Bourbon
Region
Musasa, Gakenke District, Rwanda
Harvest
March - June
Altitude
1,500 – 2,000 meters
Soil
Volcanic loam
Process
Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Certifications
Fair Trade

Background Details

Rwanda FT Dukunde Kawa Musasa Ruli GrainPro is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Musasa mill located near a gorilla habitat in the Gakenke district of Rwanda.  Farmer plots are so small that measurements are based on the numbers of trees, not area of land.  Farmers who process their coffee at the Musasa mill are members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, which started in 2000 with enough funds to build one wet mill.  In the following years, the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative has built three more wet mills and completed construction of their own dry mill.  More than 80 percent of the cooperative workforce is women, and producer-members have used earnings to improve their standards of living with investments in livestock, access to healthcare, and programs to protect the environment, which won the SCAA 2012 Sustainability Award.  The quality of the coffee is also internationally recognized, consistently placing as one of the best in the Cup of the Excellence annual auction.