Kopakaki webpage

  • Region: Karongi district, Western province, Rubengera sector
  • Founded: 2007
  • Producers: 990, including 585 women
  • Certifications: Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance
  • Varieties: Bourbon
  • Soil type: Sandy clay
  • Harvest time: 2 periods for different plantation areas: January to May; April to July
  • Shipment time: May to December. Exported by Misozi
  • Elevation: 1500-1800m
  • Post-harvest process: Fully-washed at central washing station (owned by the coop); double fermentation (dry for 24 hours and humid for 24 hours), soaked for 6-12 hours; dried on raised beds; parchment stored in ventilated warehouse (50MT capacity and 15-25˚C temperature); coffee pulp distributed to farmers for compost. Soon to be dry-milled at Kopakama's new mill.
  • Quality and the cup: Fully Washed Arabica Grades A1 and A2, including Coffee Grown by Women. Tropical fruit, orange zest, blueberry, vanilla

Summary

Kopakaki means “Cooperative of coffee farmers of Kibuye” and they celebrate their 10th anniversary this year. Over the years they have invested heavily in the local community, and now all their members can afford to send their children to school. To overcome gender inequality in the area they have established 27 small women’s farming groups as well as a main women's farming group, Agaseke Coffee, whose members are also learning to make baskets to earn an extra income.

Kopakaki's farmers are proud to have gained access to electricity and water for the area. Thanks to being in the cooperative, they can also now pay for health insurance and school fees, and have assisted people in repairing homes in the community when they have been damaged by severe weather conditions.