This is the first coffee in a new series that is the passion project of Harken's Head Roaster Stacey. They will be donating proceeds from the sale of each of these coffees to the Wish Drop-In Center located in the DTES that supports women working in the sex industry by providing heath care, wellness, resources and support to women who are in a vulnerable situation.
They will be featuring coffees grown by female producers, which is sadly far too rare in an attempt to not only support a great cause, but to give recognition to some of the hard working women in the coffee industry.
This coffee comes from a cooperative of all women coffee producers in the Rushashi sector of Rwanda. At the co-op, Abakundakawa, farmers hand-pick ripe cherries on the volcanic slopes of Rwanda’s mountainous Gakenke district. The area’s distinct micro-climate, high elevation and rich volcanic soils contribute to producing coffee with balanced sweet, floral, and fruit-forward notes in the cup. Abakundakawa has grown rapidly, adding a second washing station and expanding its membership from 180 to nearly 2,000 coffee growers since its founding in 2004.
Abkundakawa has two prominent women's associations, Duhingekawa and Abanyameraka, demonstrating the co-op's focus on improving the livelihoods of women in their community.
This coffee is a Bourbon varietal, using a washed process. Harken loved how vibrant and juicy this coffee is. While drinking it makes us think of a really bright red wine, cherry pie and black tea. We also notice a very refreshing mint-like finish that lingers on your tongue.
It is also Fair Trade and Organic certified.
- Origin: Rushashi, Rwanda
- Process: Washed
- Variety: Bourbon
- Tasting Notes: Bright red wine, cherry pie & black tea.
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