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Rwanda Agaseke


Winter and spring are a time for Southern Hemisphere coffees to shine, and we're stoked to kick off Southern Hemisphere Africas with the Agaseke Women's Producer Group in Rwanda.

Agaseke - named after a traditional Rwandan basket with a pointed lid, traditionally used for gift-giving - is a relatively new group of 265 female farmers, and is part of the larger KOPAKAKI Cooperative. The most quality-driven female members of the cooperative organized into their own group in 2018, and together with the larger cooperative, focuses on helping its members produce better coffee and attain higher pricing, and re-invests its premiums into women’s health and education initiatives, agronomy support, and microcredit loans for its members.

One of the reasons we love Rwandan coffee is that the Lake Kivu area is planted almost entirely in Bourbon, a coffee variety that lends a deep, sugary, syrupy sweetness.  Variety, rich red clay soil, meticulous picking and sorting, and careful processing all work together to layer that sweetness with sparkling acidity complexity. 

Agaseke brings a combination of fruit-driven acidity and deep sweetness to the lineup. We're tasting cranberry, shortbread cookies, lemon, and apricot in this years’ crop!

 *** for roasting schedule, shipping, receiving & additional information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions . And, for a primer on coffee processing, check out our Processing Basics Guide. *** 

Pictured: Agaseke President Jean D'Ark Mukasakwekwe, courtesy Ruth Ann Church, Artisan Coffee Imports

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