The land of a thousand hills offers Arabica quality coffee.
- In 1903 German missionaries were supposed to have brought Bourbon Mayaguez (Red Bourbon) to Rwanda.
- The highest elevation is the 4,507 m high Karisimbi, which belongs to the Virunga volcanoes.
- Mountain gorillas still live in the wild.
- The best cultivation areas for Rwandan specialty coffee are to be found in the west province, at 1,500 m to 2,200 m altitude.
- The nutrient-rich grounds and the semi-humid tropical climate are ideal for good Arabica quality coffee and is even better than before the civil war.
- This is due to the USAID (United States Agency for International Development) activities initiated in 2001.
- They built washing facilities, which allowed a wet processing of the coffees.
- Since 2000, PEARL has also been training young Rwandan students in agricultural sciences, cupping and quality management.
- The aroma is often described as grassy, just like the hilly landscape of Rwanda.
- The coffees are soft and mild in taste, but with a strong body.
- Thus, Rwanda was the 1st African country to bring the famous “Cup of Excellence” into the country.
- 99 % of the crop is directly exported, which corresponds to 0.2 % of the world market.
- The Rwandans themselves have no coffee culture at all.
- Gorilla Mountain
- Maraba (Organic/ Fairtrade – Rwanda Cup of Excellence)
- Shangi (2013 Cup of Excellence)
- Cocagi (2015 Cup of Excellence)
- Bourbon Mayaguez
- Ruanda Fully Washed
- Wild-at-Heart (Blend)
Who still needs a gift for Saturday;)