Rwanda – Abakundakawa, Rushashi (washed)

340 grams bag of Rwandan coffee
340 grams coffee bag with Rwandan coffee beans
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340 grams coffee bag with Rwandan coffee beans seal up close
340 grams coffee bag with Rwandan coffee beans close up

Rwanda – Abakundakawa, Rushashi (washed)


Country: Rwanda

Region: Rushashi

Village: Rutabo

Varietal:   French Mission, Jackson, Mbirizi, Pop 3303/21

Process:   Washed

Altitude:   1950-2200 masl

Flavour notes:   Milk chocolate, hazelnut, red fruit, bergamot.


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Abakundakawa cooperative, Rushashi, Rwanda,

In collaboration with This Side Up Coffees, Ikigai Coffee had the opportunity to make quality assessments of the majority of Rwandese coffee cooperatives for a project initiated by the Dutch CBI (Central Bureau for Imports) focusing on strengthening trade connections between The Netherlands and Rwanda. Tasting over 50 coffees from 30 Producer organisations and exporters we concluded that Rwandan coffee has amazing potential! It seemed to encompass many different flavour profiles varying from rich bodied hazelnut notes up until fruity, citrus and tealike notes. The overall quality was too good for the average market demand. Which is good for us, but unfortunate for the producers selling their products undervalued.

The Rwandan coffee we have selected comes from a from the village of Rutabo, located in the Rushashi region, Rwanda.

The coffee processing:

All Rutabo village farmers deliver their ripe coffee cherries to the Rushashi washing station where it’s being processed.

The coffee is fully washed and triple fermented: all coffee is hand picked, depulped, dry fermented for 12 hours, double wet fermented (2 x 18 hours), washed with mountain water, shade dried, then sun dried on raised beds.

Farmers connected to the project currently receive 1.67 times the fair-trade base price and adding to that receive an additional premium per kg to stimulate syntropic farming. This premium goes to the cooperative to serve interests of local farmers.


Here’s an example of what the coffee chain of the coffee from the Abakundakawa Cooperative in Rwanda looks like:

Rwandan Coffee chain explained


Rwanda – Abakundakawa, Rushashi (washed)



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