Rwanda Women Coffee

Rwanda Naeb Risozi coffee Mushubati Kopakama 

E.JO Heza women coffee ESE Coffee Pods,

 In 2010, Kopakama established a women’s producer group named Ejo Heza (“a beatiful tomorrow”), with women representing 2 of the 5 Kopakama board-member positions.  Together the members of Ejo Heza purchased a community field of 1.2 hectares with 3,000 trees.  The women collect and deliver to the coop coffee from their shared communal plot along with coffee they collect from their individual family plots.  In partnership with UK-based NGO Twin, Kopakama is also working to improve water distribution to the village near one of the washing stations.  Promotion of sustainable agricultural practices such as planting ground cover and umbrella/shade trees is another key initiative.  Kopakama is also a regular participant in Rwanda’s Cup of Excellence ™ competition, routinely scoring very well in the final rounds.

Processing at Kopakama is similar to other coffee cooperatives in Rwanda.  After coffee cherries are delivered to the washing station, the coffee is pulped and dry-fermented for ~2 days, then rinsed and soaked for another 24 hours. Wet parchment is hand-picked on covered raised beds before being moved to the drying beds. We look forward to receiving future lots of high-quality coffee from Kopakama, and continuing our partnership with them.

Rwanda E.JO Heza Women Co-op Coffee Pack 50 Pods

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Rwanda Naeb Misozi coffee Mushubati Kopakama e.jo Heza women coffee

Grown in the Karongi district in western Rwanda at an altitude of 1,500 – 1,800 meters. The beans are fully-washed and sun-dried on raised beds. Harvest time is from June to September.

180 women from the KOPAKAM Coperative came together in 2009 to form this women’s group after the 1994 Rwandan genocide that left many widows and orphans. The women focused on rehabilitating the coffee fields so that they could earn a living without their husbands. From the coffee sales, they raise funds to plant a collective coffee field, Ejo Heza – A Beautiful Tomorrow. They have invested the money for the community to have water access and they have also used the money to help poor members buy cows. There are now 247 women members with individual and collective farms.

In the cup what can you expect: 

Wine and berry, vanilla, roasted almond, butter and clove with aftertaste of butterscotch and hints of orange. Smooth body and sparkle of acidity.

Pack of 50 ESE 7.2g ESE Coffee Pods. 

 

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