... Great new African country off my "missing" list ヅ... situated almost literally at the heart of the African continent... one of the smallest and most densely populated... it has one of the most interesting East African coffee histories... while Rwanda is still a very poor country, coffee is proving to be one reliable way out of poverty, giving many the chance to participate in the global economy... it also produces Fair Trade Coffees...Thanks a lot Deo and Mike!!【ツ】
Coffee was introduced to Rwanda in 1903 by German missionaries. Most of the coffee in Rwanda is grown in the country’s central region near Kigali and in western Rwanda, at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,800 meters above sea level. 450,000 farmers depend on coffee farming for their livelihood. There are currently around 229 coffee washing stations across the country.
Flowering takes place between September and October and the harvest runs from March to July with shipments starting in late May to early June. The coffee is often quite delicate tasting with a pleasant sweet, caramel aroma and hints of citrus.