We are pleased to present this coffee for the third year in a row! Many of our customers will be familiar with Nyampinga, which is the name of the all-women’s cooperative where this coffee originates. The word Nyampinga was selected by the cooperative, it has a nuanced translation that alludes to the coming of age of a young woman who is proud, beautiful and respected in her community.
Since 2013 the women of Nyampinga have been working on improving the quality of their coffee through a training program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, in collaboration with the Relationship Coffee Institute, a nonprofit organization launched by our friends at Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers. In November 2015, representatives from Equator Coffees traveled to Rwanda to visit the co-op to see the group’s accomplishments. Impressive strides have been taken in a short time – from selling coffee cherries at low prices in the local market to the establishment of their own wet mill and exporting procedures. This is only the third time the cooperative has exported coffee to the United States and we are happy to continue the purchasing relationship with this dedicated group of coffee producers.