Explorer Series #03: Rwanda Kigeyo

In Blog, Explorer Series, Fair Trade, News // on March 13th, 2017 // by // No comment

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We’re thrilled to be able to share the newest of our limited-edition Explorer Series coffees with you this month: Rwanda Kigeyo!

The release of Explorer Series #03 is especially exciting for us, not only because it gives us the chance to introduce another high-quality, small-lot coffee, but also because we’ve been looking for a way to work with coffee farmers in Rwanda for many years.

Grown and produced in the Rutsiro District of northwestern Rwanda, this coffee has a special story. We first tried working with a Rwandan co-op many years ago, because it was important for us to help rebuild an economy devastated by years of war and genocide. Buying that coffee was the first opportunity we had to work with Rwandan farmers, and we seized the chance.

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Organic coffee was scarce though, and it was quite a few years and a lot of hard work done by our partners at Cooperative Coffees before we were able to find another suitable growers’ collective. This time around, we were fortunate enough to partner with the KODUKAK Cooperative of coffee growers on their first certified organic coffee offering.

KODUKAK is a certified Fair Trade organization, comprised of both men & women. These growers specialize in fully washed Bourbon Mayaguez heirloom coffee, a highly valued strain of arabica coffee. The result? Expect a coffee with a light body and balanced brightness.

Alec, our head roaster, chose a light roast for the Rwanda Kigeyo to, “bring out the juiciness of the black cherry and baker’s chocolate flavors. That’s often the goal with most of our washed African coffees.”

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Alec recommends brewing this coffee with a drip method that involves a filter, such as a Chemex, Kalita, or V60. This will highlight the sweetness and clarity.

As a tribute to the country’s struggle and the resilience of its people, the design of the Explorer Series #03 bag incorporates a basket motif. The baskets honor a revived craft that is empowering Rwandan women today. Basket weaving has become a source of economic independence for Rwandan women, as well as a way to unify and heal cultural divisions. The beautiful sleeve design was printed by Karen Weeks, who has designed and printed all of our Explorer Series bags.

You can purchase a 12 oz. bag of Rwanda Kigeyo for $15 at any of our Heine Brothers’ locations or on our online store.

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ES#03 – Rwanda Kigeyo – $15

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