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Dukunde Kawa
Musasa Sector, Gakenke District, Rwanda

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In the cool mountain air and verdant slopes of northern Rwanda’s Gakenke district, the farmers from the Dukunde Kawa Musasa cooperative harvest their ripest coffee cherries. With high peaks (6,600-foot elevation) and two annual periods of rainfall, this area possesses a unique micro-climate that creates a wonderfully complex, distinct terroir that results in unforgettable coffee.



Location: Musasa Sector, Gakenke District, Rwanda

Variety: Bourbon

Process: Washed

Elevation: 2,012 masl

Certification: Fair Trade

Number of members: 2,142


In addition to its excellent product, Dukunde Kawa is a well-run organization led by a democratically elected president, administrative board, management team, and general assembly. This group has steadily improved the organization’s agronomic and processing practices, as well as focused on social projects. As a result, Dukunde Kawa today produces extraordinary lots and institutes high-quality environmental and social programs.

A leader in regenerative agriculture

In 2012 the co-op won the prestigious Sustainability Award from the Specialty Coffee Association for its efforts in realizing the benefits of shade-grown coffee and restorative replanting.

One of Rwanda's largest co-ops

Dukunde Kawa’s member base has grown substantially since its 2003 formation, expanding from 300 coffee growers to more than 2,000. In the same period the co-op became Fair Trade certified, using the premiums its coffee commands to invest in its farmers, the cooperative, and the community.

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Gakenke District, Rwanda

The rich, volcanic slopes of Rwanda’s mountainous Gakenke district contribute to creating a well-balanced, sugary sweet and clean coffee that is Rwandan coffee at its best.

Award-winning coffees from Africa's smallest coffee-producing country.

Malawi is one of the few origins where climate change has not had a large detrimental effect on farming. Production continues to grow and quality progressively gets better and better, with Mzuzu Union leading the pack.
In the 2017 Annual Taste of Harvest Competition held by the African Fine Coffee Association, Mzuzu Union snagged 8 out of the top 10 spots and was able to find high premiums at auction for their highest quality lots.

Diversifying incomes to benefit all

Eighty percent of Dukunde Kawa’s members are women; they market their coffee separately as women-grown coffee, garnering earnings that go toward child education and improvements that directly affect the lives of community members. The women have also established a sewing association and have implemented a program to produce and export traditional Rwandan baskets, broadening the co-op’s trade skills.