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partnership between RWASHOSCCO and Kaffee-Kooperative.

We are happy to announce the partnership between Kaffee-Kooperative.de of Germany and Rwashoscco of Rwanda. This partnership comes as an initiative by the two partners to promote value addition for the export market in order to increase the farmers’ banefits.  
Kaffee-Kooperative.de   imports the famous roasted and packaged premium “Café de Maraba” coffee from Rwanda, and retails it in Germany. We are an international team that wants to change the distribution of Fairtrade organic coffee. We import the finished roasted and packaged coffee so that the entire value chain remains with the production process at our capable partner Rwashoscco in Rwanda.
Café de Maraba coffee is a wonderfully mild yet aromatic tasty coffee from the volcanic mountains of Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills. We take pride in the ladies and gentlemen who uphold the quality of our coffee right from the production fields, washing and grading at Musasa Dukundekawa cooperative and roasting and packaging in Kigali with the new state-of-the art roastery at Rwashoscco.
From Kigali it goes to Germany ready for the cup. The Kaffee-Kooperative.de online shop is now open and we are taking orders:
Enjoy your coffee!
Angelique (Managing Director, Rwashoscco) and Allan & Xaver (Founders, Kaffee-kooperative.de)

 

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RWASHOSCCO Attends ICO’s 4th World Coffee Conference and 116th International Coffee Council, March 6-11, 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Addis Ababa, 08 March 2015 – The coffee community from Africa and around the world gathered in the Ethiopian capital for two days of engaging debate at the 4th World Coffee Conference, hosted by the Government of Ethiopia.

The 77 Member Countries of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) and over 900 attendees, including coffee growers and representatives from government, the private sector, and international agencies participated in a range of discussions related to the theme of the Conference, ‘Nurturing coffee culture and diversity’.

Every four to five years, the International Coffee Organization holds a high-level World Coffee Conference to enable discussion around critical topics for the global coffee sector.

This conference featured a focused exhibition, Over 20 high-level speakers from around the world participated in debates and discussion around the theme of the Conference with issues ranging from gender equality in the coffee sector to the role of public policy in increasing farm productivity.

The conference and exhibition served to promote:

  • Rwandan Products (i.e. Gorillas Coffee and Maraba Coffee) were showcased at the conference exhibition audience for awareness and future business generation
  • Franchising opportunities – showcasing companies/brands to a large pool of potential investors looking to diversify in the current market
  • Import houses and import Promotion facilitators/traders or distributors interested in securing sales contracts for their members
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Rwanda delegates at the Rwanda Booth in Addis in the middle “Quality Assurance & Control Officer of Rwashossco.” Eugenie Mukandanga

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Timothy Schilling CEO of World coffee Research, Jean Claude Kayitsinga, The Deputy CEO of National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), and Eugenie Mukandanga, Quality Assurance & Control Officer of Rwashossco

 

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Anastase MINANI is President, Dukunde kawa/Musasa in Let’s talk coffee Rwanda

LET’S TALK COFFEE® BEST OF RWANDA

Best of Rwanda will unite roasters, producers, and other stakeholders for several days of collaboration and discussion that will range from presentations about how to promote Rwandan coffee to trainings of women smallholder farmers that will help strengthen the supply chain.

 

Dukunde Kawa Cooperative (Musasa)

Dukunde Kawa Cooperative was created in 2000 with 300 members as an association farmers who were farmers of coffee. With funds from the Rwandan Ministry of Defense, in 2004 the cooperative became able to build a washing station of Ruli.

Farm: 2,100 co-op members deliver from their smallholdings + independents

Varietal: Red Bourbon

Processing: Fully Washed and dried on screens

Altitude: 1900 – 2020 metres above sea level

¢Owner: Musasa Dukundekawa Cooperative – some 2,100 smallholder farmers

Town/City: Coko Sector

Region: Gakenke District

Warehouse: Archive

Success stories :

  •   The cooperative started giving Frisian cows to its members and over 170 of them are beneficiaries already.
  • Access to credit facilities still challenge for farmers.
  • Musasa cooperatives access loans from bank for development sector
  • Technology for Tissue culture banana

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MUSASA Cooperatives

The company was created in 2005, towards the end of PEARL/USAID project. The Idea came from Timothy Schilling, then Chief of Party PEARL/USAID. The Idea was to leave behind a farmer’s umbrella organization or company that will handle all marketing and export logistics and strengthen the management and leadership of primary cooperatives.

The company was created in 2005, towards the end of PEARL/USAID project. The Idea came from Timothy Schilling, then Chief of Party PEARL/USAID. The Idea was to leave behind a farmer’s umbrella organization or company that will handle all marketing and export logistics and strengthen the management and leadership of primary cooperatives.

The company was created in 2005, towards the end of PEARL/USAID project. The Idea came from Timothy Schilling, then Chief of Party PEARL/USAID. The Idea was to leave behind a farmer’s umbrella organization or company that will handle all marketing and export logistics and strengthen the management and leadership of primary cooperatives.

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Adam Yezerski, staffer to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) vist RWASHOSCCO

Kigali: On this 17th October 2015, Adam Yezerski, Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations Visit RWASHOSCCO(Rwanda Small Holder Specialty Coffee Company).

Rwanda Team during site visit to RWASHOSCCO coffee with Adam Yezerski, staffer to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who said “I want make sure that ADF HQ knows what an excellent job Geoffrey Kayigi (your country director for Rwanda) did as a host, and as a spokesman for the organization. “

The aim of his visit of RWASHOSCCO was for sharing and exchanging experiences with the Grant form ADF in coffee sector development.

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A tour around the RWASHOSCCO and a visit to some of the departments/wards provided an opportunity for the team to know more about what concerted efforts from different achievement and the impact of such partnerships and funding, especially from the Global Fund and the US ADF in the fight against poverty.

Miss KAREKEZI Angelique,Managing Director of RWASHOSCCO,  explained that now is a farmer-owned marketing, exporting, and roasting company that also provides key services to Small Holder coffee cooperatives in Rwanda. RWASHOSCCO Ltd is a limited company incorporated in the Republic of Rwanda. It is owned by 6 cooperatives.

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with farmers around 13.800, now they got a lot of awards through the basic of grant from ADF. The can produce more than 48 containers every year green coffee full washed and more than 67.284 Packages of Cafe de Maraba.

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RWASHOSCCO Attended in Cup of Excellence 2015 competition

The Rwanda Cup of Excellence 2015 competition has kicked off with submission of 208 coffee lots for pre-selection stage. This is an increase from 170 lots received last year and 169 lots in 2013, according to National Agriculture Export Board (NAEB).

Sixty lots are expected to make it to the finals slated for 31st July in Rulindo District, George William Kayonga, the NAEB chief, said. He added that the final competition will be adjudicated by  a jury of national and international experts.

The Cup of Excellence competition seeks to promote the quality of the country’s coffees and best practices along value chain.

The annual event, established in 2008, also looks to improve the coffee industry and farmers’ household incomes through value-addition. NAEB has already designated seven well-equipped laboratories in Huye, Rusizi, Rulindo and Kayonza districts in the coffee screening process.

 

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Cup of Excellence 2015 competition

The Rwanda Cup of Excellence 2015 competition has kicked off with submission of 208 coffee lots for pre-selection stage. This is an increase from 170 lots received last year and 169 lots in 2013, according to National Agriculture Export Board (NAEB).

Sixty lots are expected to make it to the finals slated for 31st July in Rulindo District, George William Kayonga, the NAEB chief, said. He added that the final competition will be adjudicated by  a jury of national and international experts.

The Cup of Excellence competition seeks to promote the quality of the country’s coffees and best practices along value chain.

The annual event, established in 2008, also looks to improve the coffee industry and farmers’ household incomes through value-addition. NAEB has already designated seven well-equipped laboratories in Huye, Rusizi, Rulindo and Kayonza districts in the coffee screening process.

Competition guidelines

Coffee washing stations will select top plantations that observe proper agriculture practices, and ensure quality along the value chain, according Eric Ruganintwali, the NAEB quality and regulation manager and Cup of Excellence co-ordinator.

Every coffee washing station submits a sample of 5kg of parchment coffee for each competing lot. The stations are also required to sign contracts with farmers or their representative before entering the coffee into the contest.

 

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Rwashoscco – Cooperating for Growth

A cooperative coffee producer with grand ambitions, Rwashoscco is emerging as a leading brand of quality in 21st century Rwanda. “We want to be the main company here in Rwanda and we want to show that Rwanda can produce more than it already has, but most importantly that it can produce quality,” says Angelique Karekezi, Managing Director of the company. “We want to present a positive image of our country, and what we can produce.”

Exporting success

The company has already had positive results. Rwashoscco is an exporting company owned by six cooperatives producing roasted and green coffee throughout the country, Rwashoscco has already penetrated the lucrative European, Asian and American markets while providing work for 13,600 farmers. With USAID financing support, the exporter has built a strong network of coffee stations and important mechanisms for quality assurance including testing laboratories.

A bright future

Rwashoscco currently has an export capacity of 45 containers; however it is not resting on its laurels. Indeed, with export levels reaching just over 70% of capacity this year, there is still ample scope for growth. Karekezi predicts growth in turnover of 2% in 2015. But for Rwashoscco, it is not simply about quantity. As Angelique Karekezi says, “We have a strong commitment to continue to produce coffee of exceptional quality. This can be seen by the Let’s Talk Coffee’ quality award received in Panama 2014 for great coffee exported from Maraba, Karaba and Musasa cooperatives.”