RWANDA’S SPECIALITY COFFEE INDUSTRY
Coffee farming is deeply rooted in Rwanda tradition. Since the introduction of coffee at the beginning of the 20th century; Rwanda farmers realized that the crop matched our agro-ecological environment; it accounts for over 70% of all export earnings. Rwanda is blessed with perfect conditions for growing specialty coffee. The country has a number of regions of high altitude (between 1,750 and 2,100m) with pure air, natural streams and springs, and just the right combination of sunshine and humidity. Pristine rainforest together with organic agricultural practices ensure the rich volcanic soils are fertilised and irrigated, with shade trees protecting the coffee bushes on the thousands of small-holder farms that dot the slopes of our beautiful mountains and plateaus. From September to October, the landscape is covered in flowering coffee bushes and then transformed once again by the lush red cherries against the vibrant green leaves as the coffee ripens before harvesting between February and June. Coffee has been grown in Rwanda for decades but many of our farmers have not received the rewards of this highly labour-intensive farming. We produce and export green coffee beans that originate from the fertile soils of Rwanda. Our farmers operates from 4 growing regions of the country making our coffee taste and flavors unique. We utilize certified growing and processing methods to ensure every bean will be a result of specialty taste.
The altitude of production is a primordial element in coffee. For summary, more the altitude of production is high and better coffee will be. More precisely, altitude plays on three mailmen: