Sustainable Harvest Teams With Bloomberg For Rwanda Development

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On February 18th-19th, our friends and partners at Sustainable Harvest are holding their first-ever Let's Talk Coffee event in Rwanda. This event will effectively kick off a new three year project in that country, developed in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and Women for Women International (WfWI). This project, part of the Bloomberg … [Read more...]

Coffee Shrub’s Definitive Guide To Rwanda and Burundi Coffee

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There's some really beautiful new content up over at Coffee Shrub, the Oakland-based green import specialists with a penchant for blogging. Coffee Shrub is home to 2011 Sprudgie Award winner Aleco Chigounis, and alongside founders Thompson Owen (a 2011 SCAA Distinguished Author Award winner) and Christopher Schooley, the three of them have created … [Read more...]

Do You Like Coffee From Rwanda? Revisit Our Journey There!

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For a whirlwind week back in the summer of 2012, Sprudge had the distinct privilege of traveling to tiny mountain nation of Rwanda. Our coverage was made possible by Fair Trade USA, and we spent our week there alongside FTUSA staff members Ben Schmerler and Richard Sandlin, as well as Counter Culture Coffee green buyer Tim Hill, and local "fixer"/ … [Read more...]

“Women’s handprints can be found at every point in coffee…”

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Allison Aubrey writes for NPR's The Salt blog, who today published this feature on four East African coffee producers visiting DC as part of a trip funded by the International Women's Coffee Alliance and the International Trade Centre's Women in Coffee Project. The four women are representatives of Burundi, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Kenya, and their … [Read more...]

London: Rwanda COE Cupping At Prufrock Coffee

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This coming Wednesday, October 17th, a select few lucky Londoners will join Falcon Commodities and the folks at Prufrock Coffee for an extraordinary chance to cup all 26 national winners from the recent Rwanda Cup of Excellence, in preparation for the upcoming Rwanda COE auction. Along with a delicious cupping table, guests at the event will be … [Read more...]

Unpaid Intern: Weekly Weekend Week In Review for 10/6/2012

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It has been a massively busy week for your Sprudge.com editors - who knew "doing journalism" would be so much darn work! This week's WWWIR is brought to you by our trusty intern, Joanna Han, with edits and additions made live from a converted ranchero estate somewhere in the mountains of Antioquia, Colombia. Take it away, Joanna! Let’s Talk Coffee … [Read more...]

Rwanda Part 3 – Organic Agro & Lil Wayne

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And he'll tell her - He's working late again But she knows too well there's something goin' on. By virtue of its inclusion on our Land Rover driver's country-western mix CD, Kenny Rogers' classic "Daytime Friends" has gone micro-viral this week amongst our traveling group. This song was a #1 hit on the Country Western charts in August 1977, and … [Read more...]

Rwanda Profiles: Buf Cafe, Remera Washing Station

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The famed Buf Cafe washing station is high, high up in the mountains near the village of Karaba, in the Ginkongoro prefecture in south-central Rwanda. Buf's story has been told and told again in the specialty coffee industry, and for good reason: Epiphanie Muhirwa has become a superstar in global specialty, a living emblem of Rwandan economic … [Read more...]

Rwanda Profiles: Kinunu Washing Station, KZ Noir

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In a week full of visits to gorgeous washing stations, the one at Kinunu, on the shores of Lake Kivu, is without a doubt the most dramatically beautiful. It sits on a sloping hillside that leads directly to the shores of Lake Kivu, an enormous inland lake that separates Rwanda from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Jungle islands dot the … [Read more...]

Rwanda Profiles: Abahuzamugambi Cooperative

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A classically lush and tropical washing station environment, Cyrumbo is one of four washing stations serviced by the Abahuzamugambi Coopeartive, with offices, accounting, and a community tech center in the village of Kissa. Kissa is located near the larger village of Maraba, which is often how coffee from this cooperative is labeled in the West, … [Read more...]

Rwanda Part 2 – Muzungu En Velo!

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Data is a big deal in Rwanda. This place has effectively skipped land line culture, advancing from a very few, select telephone opportunities to a mighty glut of cell phones, and local data plan companies servicing those cell phones. They are in hot competition with each other, waging a marketing war on the canvas of the city of Kigali itself, as … [Read more...]

Rwanda Profiles: Abakundakawa Cooperative

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Deep in a valley down a hillside from the village of Musasa sits the Rusashi washing station, focal point for the Abakundakawa Cooperative. The Co-op began in 2005, and it currently serves 1961 member farmers; Aba's president is a gentleman named Jean Marie Kianey Bicamumakuba, and he presides over a 5 person board, a 3 person control council, a … [Read more...]

Rwanda Part One: Primus Guma Guma Superstar

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To be very clear from the get-go, we are not Rwanda experts, or East African specialty coffee experts, or travel experts or yellow fever inoculation experts. But we are most assuredly here, working from the Hotel des Mille Collines, which most of the world knows from the film "Hotel Rwanda" but is in actuality a lovely several-star luxury hotel … [Read more...]

Rwanda Profiles: Laetitia Mukandahiro

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Specialty coffee is a woven tapestry of individuals, from roasters to baristas, producers to farmers. All week long we’ll be profiling personalities who work in the Rwandan specialty coffee industry. All from Rwanda coverage made possible by Fair Trade USA. Cupping with to Laetitia Mukandahiro is a bit like taking batting practice next to Joey … [Read more...]

Rwanda Profiles: Gilbert Gatali of KZ Noir

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Specialty coffee is a woven tapestry of individuals, from roasters to baristas, producers to farmers. All week long we'll be profiling personalities who live and work in the Rwandan specialty coffee industry. Coverage made possible by Fair Trade USA. Gilbert Gatali is one of the first people we meet here in Rwanda, and that's no accident. Mr. … [Read more...]

Sprudge In Rwanda

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Currently en route from Rome via Brussels, Belgium, your Sprudge.com editors will be reporting live all week long from the tiny, mountainous East African nation of Rwanda. Our itinerary - in concert with Fair Trade USA and Counter Culture Coffee - takes us from Kigali to Butare, and to around a half-dozen coffee cooperatives throughout Western … [Read more...]