About our Rwanda Sourcing Program

Our Rwandan coffees are sourced from the highest-performing cooperatives within the Sustainable Growers women's coffee program. These coffees were produced exclusively or in part by professional women who grow and supply high-quality, specialty coffee for trade.

By purchasing coffee from these inspiring producer groups, you are supporting women coffee professionals and their families. We invite you to learn about these incredible producers below and request a sample of their delicious coffees to make an impact!

Mayogi

Through relentless dedication to excellence, Mayogi have become coffee superstars in Rwanda: In 2018, they placed second in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence with a score of 90.06. Request a sample of their exquisitely flavored mandarin-peach coffee and we're sure you'll understand why! Their 381 members, 283 of whom are women, have been recognized for their hard work with a Presidential Award and were recognized by cuppers as a top quality producer at Let's Talk Coffee 2018 during a cupping of exceptional offerings from around the world.

Mayogi Offerings

Women's Coffee

Washed

296 bag(s) (60 kg)

Annex SLO

ID# SH7878

Nyampinga

Nyampinga, which translates to "beautiful Women, both inside and out," is a women's coffee cooperative in the Nyaruguru district of Southern Rwanda. Nyampinga was one of the first cooperatives to enroll in Sustainable Growers' training program in agronomic best practices, market access initiatives, and quality control. The result of the farmer's hard work and enhanced knowledge of coffee production has been a resounding improvement in cup quality. Nyampinga coffees are among finest available in all of Rwanda. 

Nyampinga Offerings

Women's Coffee Lot 1

Washed

288 bag(s) (60 kg)

Continental NJ

ID# SH7876

Women's Coffee Lot 2

Washed

120 bag(s) (60 kg)

Annex SLO

ID# SH7877

Koakaka

A well-established cooperative, Koakaka brings two decades of experience to their operations, producing a unique cup profile that has earned them top accolades over the years. Koakaka has hit a number of significant milestones over the years that showcase their innovative spirit. In 2014, they began to segment their women's coffee, offering high-quality, high-impact lots to the international market. In 2016, Koakaka coffee was recognized by RWASHOSCCO as the best coffee in the country with a score of 90.3. In 2018, Koakaka continued that tradition of excellence by placing 10th in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence.

Koakaka Offerings

Premier Lot

Fair Trade

Washed

318 bag(s) (60 kg) - Annex SLO

ID# SH7892

Dukunde Kawa

In the cool mountain air and verdant slopes of northern Rwanda’s Gakenke district, the farmers from the Dukunde Kawa Musasa cooperative harvest their ripest coffee cherries. With high peaks (6,600-foot elevation) and two annual periods of rainfall, this area possesses a unique micro-climate that creates a wonderfully complex, distinct terroir that results in unforgettable coffee. 80% of Dukunde Kawa's members are women, and in addition to producing coffee they have established a sewing association and implemented a program to produce and export traditional Rwandan baskets, broadening the co-op’s trade skills.

Dukunde Kawa Offerings

Women's Lot

Fair Trade

Washed

252 bag(s) (60 kg)

Continental NJ

ID# SH7890

Premier Lot

Fair Trade, Organic

Washed

320 bag(s) (60 kg)

Annex SLO

ID# SH7925

Gashonga

Through perseverance, hard work, and an enterprising spirit, Gashonga producers have produced internationally recognized coffee, earning themselves a seventh place finish in the 2015 Rwanda Cup of Excellence with a cup score of 86.7. Their journey toward this momentous achievemnet has not been without challenges, but since the cooperative capitalized on trainings from Sustainable Growers and focused on improving quality, the cooperative has enjoyed continued success. With the increased profits their receiving for their coffee, Gashonga has invested in initiatives such as education for its members and agronomical measures to strengthen its coffee plants. They have also been able to acquire animals such as cows and goats, with which they have been able to make their own organic leaf mulch and fertilizer. Additionally, Gashonga’s members have been able to acquire health insurance, improving their security and safety.

Gashonga Offerings

Women's Coffee

Fair Trade

Washed

232 bag(s) (60 kg) - Annex SLO

7 bag(s) (60 kg) - Costa Oro

ID# SH7879

Abakundakawa

Abakundakawa cooperative farmers hand-pick ripe cherries on the volcanic slopes of Rwanda’s mountainous Gakenke district. The area’s distinct micro-climate, high elevation, and rich volcanic soils help produce coffee with balanced sweet, floral, and fruit-forward notes in the cup. Abakundakawa has grown rapidly, adding a second washing station and expanding its membership from 180 to nearly 2,000 coffee growers since its founding in 2004.

Abakundakawa Offerings

Premier Lot

Fair Trade, Organic

Washed

320 bag(s) (60 kg) - Annex SLO

ID# SH7943

Maraba

For many years after its 1994 founding, Maraba grew commercial-grade coffee, but was not recognized for producing specialty coffee until 2001 when Maraba began partnered with PEARL (Partnership for Enhancing Agriculture in Rwanda through Linkages) and later SPREAD, projects funded by USAID. With the help of these organizations, the co-operative expanded its infrastructure and technical training from industry experts. They constructed washing stations and cupping labs to improve cup quality. In 2002, Maraba achieved Fair Trade certification and is proudly the first FT single-origin coffee from Rwanda. Maraba leverages this history of pioneering production to grow bright, juicy coffee with stone fruit and caramel sweetness. 

Maraba Offerings

Premier Lot

Fair Trade

Washed

260 bag(s) (60 kg)

Annex SLO

ID# SH7891


About Sustainable Growers

Since 2013, Sustainable Growers has worked in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to help women and their families become professional suppliers of specialty coffee. On the farm, they support agricultural training to women-led cooperatives. Beyond the farm, they teach home roasting, cupping, barista and business skills. Once the coffee cooperatives in their program deliver gourmet coffee at high volumes, they help bring it to consumers.

Learn more at www.sustainablegrowers.org.

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