Rwanda Ejo Heza

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Winter and spring are a time for Southern Hemisphere coffees to shine, and this season, our first Africa from south of the equator is Ejo Heza from Rwanda, back for its second run at Huck.

In Kinyarwanda - Rwanda's official language - Ejo Heza means a brighter future, and it comes to us from female members of the KOPAKAMA cooperative. KOPAKAMA is a 774 farmer cooperative, and in 2011, the female farmers organized themselves into a new group: Ejo Heza. Ejo Heza 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.  Beyond variety, rich red clay soil, meticulous picking and sorting, careful processing all work together to layer that sweetness with sparkling acidity complexity. At KOPAKAMA, coffees undergo a special step - a post-wash soak before drying that is most common in Kenya - that adds to the coffee’s complexity. We worked with Ruth Ann Church of Artisan Coffee Importers to build our coffee from two of several day lots from Ejo Heza, and we're tasting bright cranberry, sweet spicecake, and juicy pink grapefruit in this year's crop.

We’re excited to showcase and support the women of Ejo Heza, and the coffee’s delicious. Year one was great, and year two is even better!

 

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Ejo Heza photos courtesy Ruth Ann Church of Artisan Coffee Importers.



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