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Rwanda Hingakawa


Hingakawa is a women’s producing group within the Abakundakawa Coop in northern Rwanda.  Abakundakawa means People Who Love Koffee.  Financial premiums from coffee sales are re-invested into other ag programs, training centers, education, along with other activities.


Abakundakawa is a farmer owned, Fair Trade certified coffee produced by the Misozi cooperatives. The cooperatives are spread across the lush mountains of Rwanda.  Each location is unique in character and beauty. Mizozi is the Kinyarwanda word for ‘hills’, signifying where the coffee comes from.


Misozi coffees are grown on the high mountains ranging from 1500-2200 meters above sea level and temperatures vary from 17-23 degrees Celsius. Ripe cherries are picked in the early morning and then delivered to the washing station where they are again sorted by hand.  The best cherries are pulped, fermented, graded and washed.


After the cherries are washed the beans are spread on raised, ventilated drying tables. They are protected from the elements throughout the drying process which allows the coffee to develop its full taste characteristics slowly and naturally. When dry, the coffee parchment is bagged before being transported for milling and grading and then on to shipping.


Variety: Bourbon, Jackson Process: Fully Washed-Dried on raised beds Elevation: 5900-7200 feet Tasting: Peach, orange marmalade, raspberry, cane sugar, silky body.

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