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Rwanda—Sholi Women's Co-op ($5.20/lb)

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Tasting notes
Pear, honeydew melon and white grapefruit
Cupping Scorecard
86 / 100
General Roasting Guidelines
Region Details
Muhanga
Farm
Abateraninkunga Ba Sholi Womens Cooperative
Process
Washed
Harvest Season / Year
2019/2020
Altitude
1,800-2,000m (Very High)
Cultivars
Bourbon
Certifications
Fair Trade, Rain Forest Alliance
Grade
3, Screen 15+
Description

The Abateraninkunga Ba Sholi Women's Cooperative was founded in 2008 and harvests more than just great coffee. They have and continue to successfully empower and enrich their community, and through their efforts are able to provide food security and jobs, as well as health insurance and paid school fees.

Farmers who have partnered with Sholi and process their coffee at their washing station have been given opportunities that didn't previously exist widely in Muhanga. Some farmers are producing as much as five times more coffee per year and are now able to employ others in the community and send their children to university. That increase in production in turn brings in more money and resources, and thus more knowledge on farm efficiency, sustainability and profitability, all of which benefit the members of Sholi.

It's really a great example of how this whole thing works if we do it right. Those often forgotten or exploited in the supply chain are instead uplifted and supported, and then we all reap the benefits. Not just in reference to our cup of coffee, but in terms of how this world works, or how it can work. And how we can all be better participants in our shared humanity. A stretch? We don't think so.