This isn’t the first time we’ve purchased coffee from the COOPAC cooperative in the Kabirizi region of Rwanda and it definitely won’t be the last. While many coffees from Rwanda and Burundi have been known to suffer from defects, the coffees from the Western Province in Rwanda seem to be unaffected as they yield very clean, pronounced, and exciting cups.
This coffee is perfect for those who gravitate towards more citric and aromatic coffees. It has a winey body with raisin sweetness that compliments the acidity similar to grapefruit and lemon.
Region: Rutsiro and Rubavu Districts, Western Province
Farm: COOPAC Cooperative, Kabirizi Washing Station
Varietal: Bourbon, Mayaguez
Altitude: 1500–2000 MASL
Processing Method: Fully Washed
THIS COFFEE WAS SOURCED WITH CAFE IMPORTS
COOPAC is a Fair Trade–certified cooperative located near Lake Kivu on the steep slopes of volcanic mountains. The organization founded by Emmanuel Rwakagara, who is the president of COOPAC as well as the owner of the Gishamwana Island coffee estate. COOPAC began with 110 farmers in April 2001, and currently has 8,000 members contributing coffee from Ack, Ubuzima, Tuzamurane, Kopabm, Abakundakurima and Abanyamurava. With over 50 washing stations along the northern landscape of Lake Kivu, COOPAC exports 150 containers of Fair Trade certified coffee annually.
COOPAC is committed to environmental and social sustainability in addition to producing high quality coffee. Waste by-products from processing are used as fertilizer rather than discarded into the lake, and shade trees are distributed to farmers to prevent soil erosion. COOPAC has assisted in the construction of a school, health-care clinics, and roads and bridges in the community. The cooperative also has a program to distribute cows and goats to the most productive farmers and provides farmers with an agricultural advisor to teach the latest production methods.