Kinini Village - Rwanda
Peach Cobbler, Cardamom, Juicy
Limited Time Offering - "Kinini" translates to “this big thing right here.” It’s an apt name for this stellar coffee cooperative from Rwanda, which aims to produce superior quality coffee as a means of providing community development and financial independence for member farmers (85% of whom are women). And it’s a great name for this coffee, with its complex notes of stone fruit, florals, and baking spices that lead into a lingering, light toffee finish. From farming methodology, to social sustainability, to cup quality, Kinini is killing it, big time.
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Producer Kinini Coffee Cooperative
Region Northern Province, Rulindo District
Elevation 1800-2200 masl
The Kinini Coffee Cooperative is made up of a group of Rwandan Northern Province coffee farmers. 85% of the members are women. The development of the cooperative was spearheaded by Jacquie Turner and Malcolm Clear, whose previous work - developing schools for children impacted by the genocide - led them to look for ways to provide sustainable economic opportunities for those children’s communities.
Jacquie and Malcolm decided that coffee farming would be a good way to provide generational support and economic independence for rural Rwandan families. They spent years soliciting advice from experts across the coffee industry and learning about farming with agronomists and soil-scientists. They eventually signed a "lease" on parcels of land owned by various farmers throughout the Rulindo district, a fertile high-elevation area an hour north of Kigali. The lease stipulated that Kinini would provide the farmers with coffee trees, training and organization. All the farmers had to do was agree to deliver these cherries to the Kinini Washing Station when they fruited in the future, for which they would be fairly paid. In 2014, they started distributing coffee seedlings, setting up trainings, building their washing station, and organizing farmers. They continually consulted with coffee specialists, ensuring that their methodology was geared towards sustainability and quality. They endeavored to always make choices that were in the best interest of the farmers, and initiated social and environmental programs such as gender equity trainings and vermicomposting.
The results have been incredibly impressive. Kinini co-op farmers have become coffee experts who are organized and empowered. 10% of profits go directly to development project investments (in education, health, etc.) And the limited lots that have made their way to the US - including this one - have cupped phenomenally. We’re love the impact that Kinini is making on Rwandan communities, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for them!