Welcome to Rwanda
There is no place to learn about coffee production like Rwanda. The country is small in size, but produces coffee in nearly every sector of the country. During this course we will split our time between visiting and working with smallholder farmers, cooperative washing stations, private estates, and in labs cupping fresh coffees and learning from local experts about coffee production, processing, milling, and exporting.
Our special guide and instructor will be Marcus Young who knows Rwanda inside out.
Participants will spend time traversing the scenic countryside, visiting coffee farms and cooperatives, and working alongside farmers and agronomists learning about coffee quality from hands on experiences. In the city we will be in some of the country’s best coffee labs and mills. At each step students will learn what makes Rwandan coffee so special historically, and connect with Rwandan coffee experts.
We will also visit Question Coffee – an innovative roaster and cafe in Kigali that connects directly with coffee producers in the countryside, sharing profits, exchanging information, and linking Kigali’s coffee consumers to the amazing stories and coffees of the Twongere Umusaruro, Nyampinga, and other women’s coffee cooperatives.
From Field to Process to Roasting to Cupping
The course gives students a chance to access and taste a number of lots being prepared and finished, emphasises harvesting, processing, and cupping. Each day will include a tasting session and discussion featuring fresh-crop coffees; it’s an in-depth class for coffee professionals looking to truly understand the quality parameters of green coffee.
Students will spend time in KIgali, Huye in the south, and Kayonza in the East. Students are responsible for their own airfare and housing accommodations (which will range from urban hotels in Kigali to modest local motels and tent lodges in the countryside). Boot Coffee will recommend moderate priced lodging one month prior to the course. Local transportation is covered in the cost of the course.
Students are responsible for arranging their flights into and out of Kigali Rwanda. Many international airlines offer daily flights.
Email [email protected] for registration details.