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Rwanda: Ikizere Women Group


We are THRILLED to be able to roast and serve this delicious coffee grown by an inspiring group of producers, the Baho Ikizere Women producers. They  are all widowed and single women working together. Our Payton's Perfect Pour (light roast) and our Spro Jackson (medium-dark roast) are grown by the Ikizere Women Group. Read more about them below! 

VARIETY: Red Bourbon
FARMS: 23 small, women owned and operated farms (names below)
AVG. FARM SIZE: 0.25 hectares
PROCESSING: Baho Coffee - Fugi Washing Station
REGION: Southern Nyaruguru District
ALTITUDE: 1550-1850masl

The Fugi Ikizere group is made up of single mothers, many of whom are widowed, and face the difficult task of navigating a Rwandese society that still struggles with much patriarchal discrimination.

The Ikizere lots represent farmgate prices (what is actually paid to the farmers) that are 50% more than the national average. In order to make an even deeper impact, the women of Ikizere also depulp their coffees by hand together so that they can connect and bond over the similar difficulties many face.

With income from this coffee, Baho Coffee who oversees the processing station and helps support the growers, paid the Ikizere women the highest price of cherries in the country. They also paid for their 2020 health insurance when they needed it most due to COVID-19. We will be sure to update you all on if this health insurance is extended, on top of the wages (some of the highest in the country), and pensions they already receive.  


Our partners at Baho and Semilla Coffee have also started a Farmer First program that ensures farmers can get second payments throughout the year, so producers and pickers aren't only paid at harvest. It also allows for workarounds for higher payments than the government imposed ceiling allows, and provides micro financing that producers depend on throughout the year. We also send micro financing donations to the farmers in Rwanda that we work with, alongside our partners. 

More about the Processing: 

While you'd be right to assume that manual depulping is incredibly time consuming and difficult, it actually is a traditional method of coffee processing in Rwanda.

Prior to the development of washing stations, and even to some extent now, many producers would manually depulp their coffee and sell it in this wet state to intermediaries. This coffee would be marketed as “semi-washed” coffee, and often was of lower quality due to the poor processing procedures.

Thanks to the rigorous quality controls within the Fugi washing station, this traditional depulping method has actually resulted in super delicious and unique coffees.

Ikizere Producers:

The following 23 names are the women who produced and manually depulped this incredible coffee. They are the main reason why this coffee is great:

  • Costasie Mukamuzima
  • Epiphanie Ntawangaheza
  • Theodosie Uwambajimana
  • Adidja Nyiracumi
  • Vestine Sindikubwabo
  • Josephine Uwimana
  • Bernadette Mukandemera
  • Christine Utarengejeho 
  • Berancilla Baravuga
  • Mariam Kabagwira
  • Verediane Mukamparirwa
  • Angele Mukanyonga
  • Venantie Nsaguye
  • Speciose Nyirantashya
  • Drocelle Nyirarugwiro
  • Christine Nyandwi
  • Alphonsine Mukamugema
  • Seraphine Mukaremera
  • Marguerite Niyongere
  • Venantie Mukakizima
  • Veronique Niyonizeye
  • Cecile Nyiraminani
  • Emerance Hategekimana


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Semilla_Colour%20Variable%20Logo_Green%2The above has been developed by our friend and partner Brendan Adams of Semilla Coffee, who helps us source our ethical beans and connects us directly to farmers and processors. Get to know the passion and sacrifice that goes behind every cup of our Rwandan coffees, which we think are truly some hidden gems.