Koakaka webpage

  • Region: Nyamagabe and Huye district, Southern province
  • Founded: 2002
  • Producers: 1316, including 297 women
  • Certifications: FLO; RFA and UTZ in progress
  • Varieties: Bourbon
  • Soil type: Sandy clay
  • Harvest time: Mid-February to August
  • Shipment time: May to December. Exported by Rwashoscco
  • Elevation: 1685-1903m
  • Post-harvest process: Fully-washed at one of two central washing stations (owned by the coop); single fermentation (between 8-12 hours); dried on raised beds; parchment stored in one of two ventilated warehouses; coffee pulp transformed into compost with EM (effective microorgansims technology). Dry-milled at Rwacof or Maraba. 
  • Quality and the cup: Fully Washed Arabica Grades A1 and A2, including Coffee Grown by Women. Lemon, brown sugar, spice, raspberry

Summary

Koakaka is an impressive and firmly-established cooperative. Its members' stories of the post-genocide peace process are humbling and inspiring. When the coop was first established, members describe how reuniting their community seemed like a near impossible feat. Local families lived side by side but were so divided by those who had lost family members and those who had family in prison for carrying out the genocide. Gradually, Koakaka's simple, yet ambitious concept of unity around marketing its members coffee has enabled this community to rebuild.

Koakaka is particularly proud of the role the cooperative has had in stabilising coffee prices in the region and providing a better retun to its members. In 2016, it began a savings and credit scheme and began to produce fully traceable Coffee Grown by Women for the first time.