I started my business in 1995 after the Genocide in Rwanda against the Tutsi in 1994. As a young mother of three with little business knowledge, returning from exile, I needed to find a source of income that would help me provide for my family and have flexible work schedules so that I could raise my children as well. I started my coffee business as a middleman purchasing parchment coffee from farmers using buyer,s money and selling them at agreed difference. Later I returned to school and got my undergraduate degree in Finance and an MBA degree from the University of Maastricht. In 2008 I built my first washing station and started producing fully washed specialty coffee.
As my business expanded and grew, I started purchasing coffee from individual farmers and cooperatives. And realized that Kalisimbi coffee could contribute to the social economical development of the communities surrounding us. I resolved to always hire women and give them a chance to provide for their families, and always take the time to train them on how to treat coffee properly. Furthermore Kalisimbi mountain coffee advocates for women’s rights, lobbies for financial support to support the projects of different cooperatives and today, 90% of the employees are women.
Kalisimbi coffee provides finances for buying seeds for their food crops and pays health insurance for the farmers.
Kalisimbi mountain coffee washing station in the North of Rwanda is excited to have come in 12th place in the 2018 Cup of excellence international competition. This victory has motivated us continue working hard and do more to increase the quality and quantity if our coffee.
Farmer/Rep: BITWAYIKI NEPO
Region: Eastern Province
Altitude: 1850-2000 m
Processing System: Fully washed with spring water, hand stored & sun dried on drying beds.
Variety: Arabic Coffee
Lot Size (lbs): 1500 parchment
Kilos: 1500 KGS
Dallas Investment Ltd
Kalisimbi Mountain Coffee
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2 Bazirasa Patrice
3 Bitunga Uhari Faustin
4 Mbwayandi Celestin
6 Bizimana J Damascene
7 Gatsinzi Anastase
9 Kamali J Nepo
10 Mugabo Samuel
11 Kananga Francois
12 Bitwayiki Jean Nepo
13 Ndamira Cyprien
|Farm Name||Dallas Investment Ltd (Kalisimbi)|
|Farmer/Rep.||Bitwayiki J Nepo|
|Aroma/Flavor||lavendar, peach, cola, honey, dark chocolate, cherry, floral, jasmine, orange, honey melon, sugar cane, marmalade, tamarind,|
|Acidity||fruity, delicate, complex,|
|Other||floral all the way through fragrance to taste, silky mouthfeel, delicate, very clean,|
|Processing system||Fully washed|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||1948.88|