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Rwanda: COOPAC Cooperative
Rwanda: COOPAC Cooperative
Rwanda
COOPAC Cooperative
  • Red currant
  • mint chocolate
  • juicy

THE ORIGIN STORY

This single varietal bourbon hails from COOPAC, a Fair-Trade Certified cooperative located near Lake Kivu on the steep slopes of volcanic mountains. COOPAC has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2001 with just 110 farmers. Currently, it consists of over 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.

Emmanuel Rwakagara who is the president of COOPAC, not only produces high quality coffee, but takes great pride in environmental and social sustainability. 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.

Social responsibility and exceptional coffee go hand in hand, and this coffee goes a long way in proving that. Juicy red currant and mint chocolate notes shine through to make this coffee an absolute pleasure on the palate. 

Altitude: 1800 - 2000m

Variety / Processing Method: Bourbon  / Washed

Location: Rutsiro District, Western Province, Rwanda