Rwanda grows almost exclusively Bourbon arabica varietals. There are five distinct growing regions of Kivu, Virunga, Kizi Rift, Akagera and Muhazi most of which are 1,700 – 2000 metres above sea level. Coffee is Rwanda's fourth largest export and is produced by over 400,000 smallholders owning less than an acre each.
In the past it was a producer of low quality C-grade coffee and even this was very nearly destroyed by 1980's economic crash that saw the price of coffee collapse. This was followed by the terrible events of the 1994 genocide. Presently, Rwanda's coffee industry has recovered with strong backing from the government and now offers beautiful coffee. They can be either syrupy sweet with big mouthfeel or bright with berry flavours.
Find out how coffee is harvested and the hard work that the coffee farmers put into our lovely drink.
Read about what they do after the harvesting of coffee and the various processing methods.
Producing around 13 million bags (60KG) of coffee, Colombia is the third largest producer of coffee.
Not the largest producer with 0.5 million bags (60KG) but boy do they know how to grow coffee!
Guatemala produces around 3.5 million bags (60KG) each year and produces very high quality certified coffee.
The birthplace of coffee with wild coffees and a production of around 6.5 million bags (60KG).
The neighbour of Ethiopia yet with a very different flavour profile, Kenya produces under a million bags (60KG) of coffee each year.
Only about 0.25 million bags (60KG) are produced each year by Rwanda but we love Rwandan coffee.
With over 5 million bags (60KG) a year, India produces quite a bit of coffee and use the famous Monsooning processing method.
Over 6.5 million bags (60KG) are produced annually by Indonesia with some famous growing regions.