Fugi Ikizere - Rwanda

Additional information

Weight 250 g







Whole Beans, French Press, V60, Aeropress, Automatic Dripper, Bialetti

coffee info

This lovely coffee supports Baho coffee (who we have met personally at the WOC in 2018) and Ikizere women’s group. Baho Coffee Company brought together 60 single mothers to cultivate coffee to help them succeed financially and personally. They’ve been so successful that married women have started asking to join their group.

Being a single mother in patriarchal society like Rwanda is quite challenging and they frequently face a lot of stigma, isolation and depression. In order to support single mothers, Baho Coffee Company initiated a solidarity group where single mothers could join together over coffee farming and also find friendship and hope. The women chose the name “Ikizere” for their group because it means “hope” in Kinyarwanda and that is what they felt the group represented.

Ikizere women’s group meets regularly to share their experiences, learn from each other and their successes. Baho supports the women with training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), coffee cultivation and high-quality processing. Baho also provides training in other skills including financial literacy, weaving and animal husbandry to help women diversify their income and be successful.

Through Baho, Ikizere members receive good prices for their cherry and are able to market their coffee as women-produced, which adds value for growers and roasters alike. Members receive price premiums for their high-quality coffee and their women-produced status. The women also receive health care and short-term loans for family needs and Baho helped build a source of clean drinking water in their community that everyone can access.

why we picked this coffee

This coffee supports a great project! There's been quite a few test roasts that we did on this in order to get it right and for all of these we did not encounter a single potato defect. And I, the guy who writes these, am very sensitive to the potato after accidentally eating a single coffee bean with this specific defect (the odds of that happening were 1/28.000). Instead of potate you will find chocolate, cinnamon and wild strawberry.

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