Coffee was introduced in Rwanda in the early 20th century. At this time, coffee was produced only with a focus on volume without any concern for quality. It is only after the country began to rebuild following the genocide that efforts by the Rwandese government were put in place to stimulate the coffee industry. Today there are 315 washing stations across the country.
This coffee is sourced from Bugoyi washing station which is owned and operated by Emmanuel Rusatira and his family.
Emmanuel is unique in that he has years of experience, understands the specialty market, and is one of a few Rwandese people who are exporting their own coffee. This means that the profits remain in the country, and are reinvested back into people.