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Rwanda: Organic Hingakawa Women’s Co-op FTO


Flavor Profile

Cupping Notes
Bright acidity, sweet, raisin, dried tropical fruit, clean interesting, pleasant.

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  • CountryRwanda
  • Local RegionGakenke District, Rushashi
  • ProcessWashed
  • VarietyBourbon
  • Altitude (meters)1,700-1,900
  • HarvestMarch - June
  • Organic CertificationYes
  • Fair Trade CertifiedYes
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • DecaffeinatedNo
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raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption

Rwanda coffee flavor profiles have a very clean, crisp and balanced cup, with medium to lightly-heavy acidity (not as much as Kenya or Ethiopia). The cup is very clean and pleasant with bright acidity and notes of sweet, raisin, dried tropical fruit.

We are proud to introduce you to the women of Hingakawa Women’s Coffee Cooperative. The Hingakawa Association is one half of the Abakundakawa-Rushashi Cooperative which was formed in 2004, becoming the first women’s coffee farmer association of its kind in Rwanda.

The other half of Abakundakawa Rushashi is the Dakundakawa (“We love Coffee”) Association, also 100% run by women. Both coffee growing associations are located in the northern, mountainous regions of the Gakenke district, situated at high altitudes (1700-1900 meters elevation) and with coffee farms spread across five distinct zones. This Rwandan coffee bean is a bourbon varietal, washed and sun-dried.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating
April 9, 2021

This is our first purchase of Rowanda beans and we are very pleased with the quality and flavor of this bean. We took the first batch just past 2nd crack and it's fabulous. We've been roasting for 4 years using a camp stove and cast iron pan for 1/2 lb batches...our hobby. Our favorite cup is a blend of Rowanda & Burundi in a moka pot. Heavenly.

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September 18, 2020

Great dry aroma that makes you impatient to finish brewing, good all around balance of flavor, body and cup aroma, roasted at full city barely plus (I kill the heat at the first second crack, transfer to cooling bowl and let it coast, sort of a full city with and edge to it)

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March 24, 2020

This is our go to bean. Full City is delicious. I've tried more expensive beans and still go back this one.

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September 26, 2019

This is my must buy with every purchase! Super aromatic and flavorful, and the cause makes it even more worth it!

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June 16, 2018

As advertised... Flowery, winey, slightly fruity. Very tasty! I roasted them just to the beginning of 2nd crack. Just a gorgeous cup of coffee...

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February 22, 2024

Bought this for our son-in-law's birthday. He loved it! He told us it's in his "top 3" of his favorite coffee beans!

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December 29, 2023

Recently got into these beans (and love em), with more interest in dark roasts coming in. I find this a great bean for versatility, never bitter with a nice bold flavor at any roast. The syrupy tones turn more molassesy the darker it goes, while the earthiness keeps it fresh.

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July 26, 2021

I roast this coffee beans for arabic coffee with cardamom and the taste was amazing when compared to Ethiopian harrar coffee which i was using for 20 years. i will buy it again.

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July 21, 2021

A definite fan favorite in our bakery!! We roast it medium and everyone absolutely loves it.

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June 11, 2021

There's coffee and then... there's coffee. We roasted these just past the first crack (we like the caffeine) and the flavors stand out. This is a bold flavor. We also detected a floral note; it's almost syrupy with a note of sweetness. I can tell you, this knocked our socks off. Don't add anything... no milk or cream... you'll miss out on the complex flavors if you do. The best.

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March 20, 2021

An awesome roast! We were looking for a good organic and FTO coffee, and stumbled upon this one -- and we were pleasantly surprised with that we found! Very tasty, and we love how it goes to support the co-op! We will be definitely be ordering more in the future.

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January 27, 2021

I am new to roasting green coffee beans. I am so glad I choose these as my first beans to roast. They are delectable. I can only image I will get better at roasting and the coffee will become even more enjoyable. I also enjoy supporting the CO-OP and FTO.

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January 23, 2021

Just terrific!

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January 20, 2021

New to coffee roasting- am using a behmor, stopping short of 2nd crack for these. These are my top beans so far. Full, but delicate flavor-rich & fullfilling.

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January 18, 2021

Great flavor with medium roast and with medium-darker roast. Richer flavor with a little darker roast. Very happy with this bean and will buy again.

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December 15, 2020

After buying the sample packs, we have settled on Rwanda beans. They are our favorite. We typically brew half-caf mixing the Rwanda with the Ethiopian decaf beans. We roast just until hearing second crack. Very good coffee and dependably consistent.

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November 29, 2020

Tried this in a sample pack and ordered more. I am very particular about flavor of the beans and I Love this coffee, roasted to full city, rested for a few days. Bold, and complex, full bodied, no bitterness, very smooth,full of flavor. Extremely pleased with the results and my fellow coffee critics love it too!

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June 8, 2020

Discovered this coffee using CBC's great search tools. While I don't feel at all confident about describing a coffee flavor, I can look at the characteristics others have applied to the coffees I like, and get experiment with something similar. Rwanda Hingakawa is a great cup at City+. And doing business with CBC is always seamless and worry-free. Thanks!

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May 18, 2020

Great taste, aromatic. Worth the roast.

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April 17, 2020

It was the best thanks

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March 11, 2020

Excellent bean I blended it with some Ethiopian beans and came up with a very bold full flavored dark roast

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August 30, 2019

I order this coffee every time I place an order. Though I have now tried a number of other excellent beans, this is still my standard go to favorite against which I compare all others. Never disappointed!

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May 24, 2019

Best coffee I have ever tasted, lovely flavor, AMAZING!

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May 4, 2019

We loved it so much we bought a 25 lb bag.

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February 13, 2019

I have not tried all the coffees from Coffee Bean Corral but I have tried their most expensive ones and though they too are great, so is this one at less than a fifth the cost. Perhaps not as "delicate" as the most expensive beans but for me, a nice, full, well rounded flavor; so far, it is my favorite. As another reviewer said: "Super excellent." I agree.

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November 20, 2018

One of my favorites so far. I labeled it as super excellent. It just rolls around my mouth with pleasantness.

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November 2, 2018

Very tasty and flavorful

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September 25, 2018

We just finished 1 lb bag of the Rwanda beans and we love them and will be buying more. My first reaction to the taste of this coffee ( medium to dark roast) was rich and smooth. No bitter aftertaste that you get with some coffee, but a very pleasant aftertaste.

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May 26, 2018

Always good!

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January 8, 2020

Part of the sample pack and I used it to learn more about my Hottop K2+ . Roasted it to Full City+ because I wasn’t paying attention. Just to see where 2C would start. Dropped it at 12:00 @ 390f. Not as good as the Uganda as a dark roast but still very drinkable. Based on the other reviews, I will try to do this at a lighter roast level and see where that takes me. I like the idea that I’m supporting a CoOp.

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October 24, 2018

This is my favorite coffee for french roast coffee. It produced and excellent clean cup of coffee when roasted just past first crack. Don't just buy a pound, get several.

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September 1, 2018

I'm no coffee expert, but I do tend to prefer the beans from this region for their strong and earthy flavors. These particular beans yielded a very pleasant roast: not overpowering yet full of rich flavor. I would buy again .

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