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3 lbs. Rwanda Hingakawa Women's Co-op Fair Trade RFA Fresh Unroasted 100% Arabica Coffee Beans

3 lbs. Rwanda Hingakawa Women's Co-op Fair Trade RFA Fresh Unroasted 100% Arabica Coffee Beans

Regular price $46.00 AUD
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Remember to store properly. Brew & Enjoy!

Please store properly in an air-tight container, away from light, moisture, extreme temperatures, & oxygen. Once the beans are transferred into an air-tight container, please store in a dark pantry or kitchen cupboard for maximum freshness dating to up to 8 weeks.

Cup Characteristics: 

  • Classic Rwandan wine-like profile and complex acidity shine through with plenty of citrus and sweetness to round out the cup. Layered, chewy and jam filled cup with a lot of character.Very clean, crisp and balanced cup, with medium to lightly-heavy acidity (not as much as Kenya or Ethiopia). Pleasant, sweet orange lemony citrus with a hint of vanilla.
  • Producer: Hingakawa Women's Co-op
  • District:Gakenke / Rushashi; Variety: Bourbon
  • Processing: Fully Washed & Sun-Dried; Altitude: 5,500 - 6,200 ft (1700 - 1900 m) Coffee Grading: A: Harvest: March - June

We are proud to introduce you to the women of Hingakawa Women’s Coffee Cooperative. The Hingakawa (“Let’s Grow Coffee”) Association is actually only one half of the Abakundakawa-Rushashi (“Those Who Love Coffee”) Cooperative which was formed in 2004, becoming the first Women’s Farmer Association of its kind in Rwanda. The other half of Abakundakawa Rushashi is the Dakundakawa (“We love Coffee”) Association, also 100% run by women. Both associations are located in the northern, mountainous regions of the Gakenke district, situated at 1700-1900 meters elevation and spread across five distinct zones. The coffee is a bourbon varietal, washed and sun dried.

In a country like Rwanda there are few roads, and trucks are outside the reach of most subsistence farmers. Much of the coffee makes its way to the washing station on foot, or more recently, on specially designed bicycles. Washing stations are being built all over Rwanda to be close to where coffee is grown. 

The women of Hingakawa have seen one of the darkest periods of Rwandan history. Since this group includes both Hutu and Tutsi, the women made a decision to make poverty their mutual enemy rather than each other; and with this sentiment, they have been able to move forward and heal their community through their leadership. The role of women in coffee can no longer be undermined, unnoticed, or gone un-incentivized. The trick is getting to know “who” they are and these are one of the truest agrarian coffee farmers in the world.

This coffee from Hingakawa is the real life representation of the sacrifice and resolve of the female cooperative members who were daring enough to plant seeds of hope on the very same Rwanda hilltops where many lost their lives in a violent civil war. The two co-op associations employ both Hutu and Tutsi women, the two tribes who were infamously at the center of the heart wrenching conflict. After Rwanda’s coffee producing farms were for a time left deserted, several organizations began to assist in restarting production. Hingakawa, as the name suggests, is more of a chant than it is a mere statement; it is a resolution to fight against poverty rather than each other, and with this sentiment they have been able to move forward and heal their community through cooperation and leadership. 

The journey and authenticity of both the producers and product are fully traceable and verified by a third party source. The details to chain of custody tracking allow us to recognize these incredible women and understand what makes this coffee as special as it tastes.

Did you know?:

Ground roasted beans lose their optimal flavor in about 2 days. 
Whole roasted beans lose their optimal flavor in about 2-3 weeks. 
If your coffee wasn't roasted just before you purchased it, chances are, it isn't fresh. The difference in flavor between fresh coffee and stale coffee is not subtle. Did you know that without fresh coffee, your espresso machine will have a hard time producing that thick crema you are trying so hard to achieve? Drip, French Press, Vacuum or espresso - every brewing method will produce better results with fresh roasted coffee.





Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Happy Roaster

Thank your the efficient service. We are enjoying roasting and drinking amazing coffee. Difficult to find green beans.

Thank you for the kind words! We're happy to be able to provide quality, fair trade coffee beans to those who appreciate them.

Edward Baptist
Rawandan Hinga Kawa

Totally underrated African coffee. Drawn to the story of the coffee's origins and mission, I bought a pound of green beans and experimented. Had great results just at the beginning of the second crack (just before it starts rolling) where I found honey and delicate lemon with a pleasantly bitter finish and a very satisfying mouth feel. It's not as sharp or as strongly citrusy as other African coffees. The overall quality of the beans is good, (there were a few odd shapes in there) still, it tastes great and remains a relative bargain. Everyone I've offered it to, my friends, family, and coworkers, has commented on the exceptional taste and complexity.

Phillip L Jensen
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I've been a Rhoads Roast customer for a year or so, and every single time that I've reached out to them to ask a question, need help with roasting, you name it, there experienced staff always steps up and supplies me with suggestions, ideas and even a few personnel favorites when it comes to countries and blends of beans to roast and brew. I always research my purchases so that I'm educated as to why I feel the seller will give me the best product for the $$ dollar invested. Rhoads Roast has the freshest beans, both fresh unroasted green as well as there shop doing the hands on perfect and professional roasting. I found them by searching for customers comments that would help ensure a quality purchase that also comes with the finest down to earth customer service group. I've talked to one of the men at there shop as well as asking Ms. Dianna several email questions and they truly knock it out the park with coffee knowledge as well as truly caring about each and every customer that contacts them. Rhoads Roast family of coffee people simply Know coffee, and offer the finest quality with a huge variety and options for countries of origin and unlimited varieties of beans, offering you unlimited options of fresh coffee bean flavors. Plus there everyday Free s/h is a huge factor for me.

Kirstie Campbell

3 lbs. Rwanda Hingakawa Women's Co-op Fair Trade RFA Green, Raw 100% Arabica Coffee Beans

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