REGION: Rulindo

PROCESS: Natural

VARIETIES: Red Bourbon


NOTES: Strawberry, Dark Chocolate, Floral

Our very first coffee from the inspirational Kinini washing station, this naturally processed lot is soft and complex. We're tasting ripe strawberries and blueberries, with a chocolate sweetness and layered finish. 

Kinini Coffee was started by Malcolm Clear and Jaqueline Turner. They first set up the charity A New Beginning in Rwanda in 2008 and started growing coffee in 2012A New Beginning was started to help a group of widows and orphans displaced during the genocide in 1994, who were resettled in an area of uncultivated savannah. Now, 10% of the price that our importers pay for the coffee has gone to the charity and will continue to do so as part of the business model.


In 2012, 38 of the 252 hectares in the Northern Province of Rwanda were planted with Bourbon Mayaguez 139 seedlings, 2,000-2,500 in each hectare. This totalled nearly half a million new trees, and access to nurseries and supply of new trees continues. This regeneration was led by Jacquie Turner and Malcolm Clear. Not just limited to new trees, new roads were built to improve access for the many farmers that have to deliver their days picking to the washing station by 4pm in order to maintain quality. Coffee is depulped on a 4 disc McKinnon pulper, there are a number of tanks for fermentation both with and without water, leading to channels to both the soaking tanks and then down to the drying beds.

Each raised bed comes with its own marker to ensure microlot traceability and yellow tarpaulin for quick covering in case of rain. The Improvements now encompass a roasting facility, covered with a donation from our Full Circle event, the introduction of natural and other processing methods in 2019, and more recently a worm bed for turning the coffee cherry into organic fertiliser. There are plans for space to welcome visitors and provide somewhere to stay when visiting. Satellite technology is used to monitor leaf glare from the trees -any changes can be a sign of disease or infestation and early detection pays dividends when it comes to clean cups and good green.

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