Rwanda Mayogi - Women-led Cooperative

Rwanda Mayogi - Women-led Cooperative

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Tasting Notes: Apricot, Peach, Honey

Region: Gicumbi
Elevation: 1550 - 1875 MASL
Processing: Washed
Coffee Varietal: Bourbon

The women-led Myogi cooperative was founded in 2010 in the Gicumbi district of northern Rwanda. Equity and training have proven to be the keys to success: within a year their coffee was awarded the Rwandan Cup Of Excellence. The Mayogi Mill, which the cooperative owns, has produced stunning coffee year after year since: This years harvest has sweet notes of peach, apricot, and honey

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Founded in 2010, the Mayogi Cooperative is located in Gicumbi District of the Northern Province of Rwanda which features an ideal climate for strong flowering leading to highly productive trees. For many years, the cooperative consisted of only 108 farmers. Then, in 2017, 270 women graduates of Sustainable Growers' training program joined the cooperative. With this newfound strength in numbers, the cooperative immediately achieved a significant milestone: In 2018, they placed second in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence with a score of 90.06. They also received a Presidential Award and were recognized by cuppers as a top quality producer at Let's Talk Coffee 2018 during a cupping of exceptional offerings from around the world.

Today, the cooperative is women-led: both President and Vice President are women, and the board of directors is 50% female. The cooperative owns their own washing station, giving them much needed control over the entire production process to realize the full quality potential of their coffee.