RWANDA, KCRS Women's Cooperative (Women Producers)
The Cooperative Coffee Rusiga Sector (KCRS) is a women’s cooperative and 85% of the growers that make it up, have their farms at 2000 masl or higher. This coffee is produced by women.
Although there are some male farmers of the families, women took over ownership and charge of the land. There is an an incredible diverse crop production that happens on these really high altitude small holder plots. Other produce is grown in between the coffee trees such as legumes, beans and sweet potatoes. As well as producing food for their own use and consumption, this also allows income to be spread throughout the year.
This means that typically, a very small family plot with have an average of another 6 other types of crops. The support that a small holder farmer often relies on has found to flourish under this structure and it is often now used as a methodology to help improve the coffee on a farm if an individual is struggling.
Tasting Notes: Black tea, gooseberry, rosehip and milk chocolate
Roast Level: Medium
Process: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1800 - 2500 masl