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A coffee bursting with complexity and sweetness – there are sweet notes of black cherry, raspberry and orange with syrupy caramel undertones adding to the versatility of this brew.
Hols had the great privilege of being a member of the international jury for the Cup of Excellence competition in Rwanda and as a result, cupped over 20 of the country’s best coffees that had made it through to the final stages. One that performed outstandingly well every time was the washing station that took the top spot winning 1st place, Twumba. This washing station is situated in the village of Nyaruyaga in the Karongi District in Western Rwanda. It has only been in existence since 2014 when the owner, Gerard, identified the need for a processing unit in this particular area to service the smallholder coffee farming community there.
We are delighted to be partnering up with International Service through sales of this coffee and are donating £1 from every bag sold towards their Firm Foundation programme. International Service is an international development charity that has been working to end poverty and injustice in developing communities since 1953. Their work in Rwanda is focused on women’s empowerment and enabling those living in poverty to change their futures for the better. 72% of women in Rwanda are self-employed yet 63% of female headed households are living in relative or extreme poverty. Women are also more likely to invest any available money in their family’s health or education rather than in business, leaving Rwandan women locked in a cycle of poverty. There is currently no infrastructure for business coaching in Rwanda, so the aim of this project is to engage self-employed women who are, by national measures, living in poverty in rural Rwanda. Firm Foundation will enable women to establish successful businesses and become leaders in their communities.
Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee growing conditions that include high altitude, regular rainfall, volcanic soils with good organic structure and an abundance of Bourbon. The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders of which there are thought to be around half a million with parcels of land often not much larger than just one hectare per family.
To say this station is only 3 years old, it is really quite an achievement to see it do so well in this prestigious competition, we are delighted to have been able to source a lot from Twumba directly this year and really look forward to forging a strong and lasting relationship with them going forwards. 60 per cent of the coffee in this lot has been produced and harvested by women and 90 per cent of employees at the washing station are women. It is a huge focus of Twumba CWS that women are empowered in the coffee community, something we wholeheartedly support here at North Star due to the huge role played by women in our supply chain.
We are usually able to dispatch orders received before midnight the next day – due to the current situation with Covid-19 please understand this may take up to 4-5 working days as we are now operating with a smaller team.
Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road, please note we are still operating social distancing so ring the doorbell when you arrive and we can pass your order through the door. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm. We are offering free shipping for orders above £20 🙂
Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched.
We use the Royal Mail First Class service to post orders and have been notified they are experiencing delays of up to 7-10 working days – we promise it will be worth the wait but appreciate your patience during these crazy times!