Rwanda Gitega Hills
Gitega Hills single origin coffee offers a balanced cup with notes of white peach, nectarine, green apple and poached pear. It has a medium body and sweet finish.
Tasting notes of white peach, nectarine, green apple and poached pear. It has a medium body and sweet finish.
Gitega Hills Washing Station is owned and operated by Rwandan local producer Bernard Uwitije in southern Rwanda. The Gitega Hills Washing Station was the first of three stations acquired by Bernard’s company, Trapro Coffee, in 2016 and produces 450 tonnes of green beans each harvest that are supplied by hundreds of local small coffee farmers. Bernard recognises the needs for those in his community and so he puts efforts towards improving those areas through his business. They provide monthly training to farmers in agricultural practices and coffee seedlings to help start those new to the coffee farming industry. Trapro works with all farmers in the community but focuses on women and youth who were unable to complete higher education, as a way of boosting the community from a sustainable long-term vision.
Bernard recognises the needs for those in his community and so he puts effort towards improving those areas through his business. He delegates 10% of Trapro’s gross profits towards projects like health insurance schemes, agriculture training and farming schools, small loans and children’s school fees. They provide coffee seedlings and monthly training to farmers to help improve their yields and their quality. Trapro works with all farmers through the community but puts focus towards women, those who are disadvantaged, and the youth who were unable to complete their higher education.
The washing stations managed by Bernard and Trapro Coffee boasts ecologically friendly pulpers and modern equipment as well as accommodation for key staff members. The areas where the coffee trees are grown have sandy and volcanic soils at high altitudes with cool climates, which is ideal for elegant maturation of coffee. The Nyungwe Mountains lie near one of the oldest rainforests in Africa, and this heritage surely feeds through the earth and into the cherries that provide such vibrant and rich coffee profiles. We are so excited by the work of Bernard and his commitment to his community, and we wanted to share his story alongside the coffees that prove Rwanda is as beautiful a coffee origin as the rest.