Rwanda - Dukunde Kawa Natural
We revisit an exquisite Rwandan natural
Strawberry, Blueberry, Chocolate
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Dukunde Kawa Natural Tasting Notes
This coffee opens with the unmistakable flavors of strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate. The pleasant acidity associated with strawberry is balanced by a chocolate sweetness. As the taste lingers, the strawberry fades into banana, which mixes with the heavy chocolate body into something truly amazing.
This is the fourth year we have been able to feature coffee from this collective. While it may seem as though we have a bias for certain producers, we select our coffees in double blind cuppings that remove any biases that would jade our honest opinion of cup quality. So every time we feature a coffee from the same producer multiple times, it is a testament to the people and the terroir that are able to consistently produce top quality coffee.
Founded in 2000, The Dukunde Kawa Musasa Cooperative cultivates its high-quality coffee near a mountain gorilla habitat in Rwanda's rugged Northwest. By producing high-end coffee for the international market and employing a majority female workforce, the cooperative ensures maximum benefits to local families. In 2003, it built a washing station with funds provided by the Rwandan ministry of defense. In exchange for this support, the Dukunde Kawa donates 10 percent of its net profits annually to fund the construction of other washing stations throughout Rwanda.
Fairtrade Certified since 2004, Dukunde Kawa secures a high standard of living for Rwandan farmers by ensuring access to an economically and environmentally sustainable coffee industry. Before the proliferation of washing stations such as those owned by the co-op, the norm in Rwanda was for smallholder farmers to sell semi-processed cherries to middle-men, bringing low prices and severe hardship to farmers. Today it's a different story: farmers who work with the co-op have seen their income at least double.
Eighty percent of Dukunde Kawa's producers are women. Each member has been able to buy a farm animal, and many now have health insurance for the first time. Dukunde Kawa also constructed 2 schools for local children in 2006 and provides members with long-term credit at no interest. Many farmers renovated their homes and now all members’ homes have tile rather than grass roofs.
Varieties: Local Bourbon
Processing Method: Raised Bed Natural
Producer Dukunde Kawa Collective
How to brew
This coffee produces great cups with a wide range of brew techniques. We recommend using between a 1:12 and 1:15 brew ratio and steeping with water between 195-205℉ for no more than three and a half minutes.