Founded in 2001, Coopac is a collective of coffee farmers around Lake Kivu, in the Nyamyumba region of Rwanda. The co-op was organized to provide technical assistance and improve marketability for the producers of coffee in this region. Since 2001, the coop has grown tremendously--from 100 members to a little more than 2000 members. This year marks their first lot of Organic Certified coffee, and we’re excited to have the first ever Organic coffee from Rwanda. The farmer members of this coop usually have only about a quarter hectare of land each, and because of their small size, the technical assistance and co-op structure are vital to their farms.
Coopac has multiple washing stations to ensure that ripe cherry gets processed quickly after picking, and employs modern mechanical depulpers and fermentation tanks. This equipment helps the co-op produce quality coffee and protect the environment that sustains it. Their techniques have won them a reputation for great coffees, including multiple Cup of Excellence award-winning coffees. This particular coffee was produced in their tradition, and has the unique hallmarks of washed bourbon from Rwanda: deep ripe red fruits like cherry, and sweet with a thick, syrupy body.
This coffee is certified USDA Organic, meaning its production did not involve the use of synthetic substances such as most pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.