The Story: We’re fortunate to welcome back this coffee from Nyampinga, which translates to Beautiful Women, a women’s cooperative in the Nyaruguru district of Southern Rwanda. Over time these under-resourced women have shown increased dedication toward growing quality coffee and connecting with the international market in order to provide better livelihoods for themselves and their families. The purchase of Nyampinga coffee funds Sustainable Harvest Premium Sharing Rewards, a unique new loyalty program in which farmer participants earn assets that improve their quality of life.
The Coffee: Coffee is delivered to the Nyampinga Coffee Washing station from the surrounding area. In this area of Rwanda there are over 2000 farmers who have participated in Sustainable Harvest Rwanda’s training programs. They harvest ripe cherries on the cooperative plot or on small family plots (many containing less than 100 trees) before delivering them directly to the Nyampinga Coffee Washing Station or to a local collector from the cooperative.
At the Coffee Washing Station the coffee is carefully depulped, fermented, washed, and dried on raised African beds. The members of the cooperative and coffee washing station diligently hand sort the coffee at each step of the way.