RWANDAN COFFEE INDUSTRY
The history of our coffee is one that is marked with tragic and exciting moments, all of which have transformed it into one of the highly acclaimed and most-sought after coffees in the world!
Coffee was first introduced in the tiny, landlocked East African country in 1904 by German missionaries. It was only after several decades that the production started to ramp up and even then, it was uniquely that of low grade quality. The industry was stagnant for more than half a century, until the 1994 Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi completely decimated it, alongside most other industries and institutions.
With valiant efforts and incentives from the Rwandan government and other stakeholders, Rwandan coffee is now a cash crop that supports over 400,000 smallholder farmers.
Almost all coffee that is produced is Rwanda is of the Arabica Bourbon variety, growing at an altitude of between 4,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level, covering an total area of almost 30,000 hectares!