Rwanda Hobe Yellow Honey

Chocolate, red grape, black tea, brown sugar
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
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Lot Number P8001641-1
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About This Coffee

Hobe Coffee Company (HCC) is located in Rutsiro district in the Western Province of Rwanda. HCC took over an already existing factory in August 2019 that was then known as Cyondo Coffee and started a journey of "positively impacting the community and maximizing the potential of the factory." HCC work with 1500 coffee farmers grouped together to "invest in different agriculture sectors with the purpose of poverty reduction in Kivumu and and Nyabirasi sectors of Rutsiro District."

Hobe also operate a 3ha farm called Kamasozi, the coffee from which contributes to many of their specialty lots.

Origin Rwanda
Subregion Kivumu Sector, Rutsiro District
Harvest Season 2021/22
Producer Type Washing Station
Processing Honey Processed
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon
Coffee Grade RWA CA NAT SPL SD
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

The North West part of Rwanda is well known for its volcanic soil in high lands and its unique micro-climate caused by the hot air from Kivu lake and cold air from Gishwati natural forest. This makes the region to be suitable for specialty cofffee growing area. it is the number one area where farmers intercrop coffee and shade trees to improve the quality of the coffee cherries.

The Art of Production

Yellow honey is a rare process for Rwanda. Ripe cherries are carefully selected - first by hand and then by flotation. Hobe Coffee Co. use a carefully calibrated eco-pulper to remove the pulp whilst retaining a thin layer of mucilage on the outside of the husk, or parchment. The coffee is then shade dried for 14-16 days on raised African beds in a parabolic greenhouse

History of Coffee in Rwanda 

The commercialization of coffee came about gradually in Rwanda and coffee was always produced on smallholder farms. Independence brought some improvement to the coffee infrastructure as the government established more modern and centralizing processing. But this meant the government set the price they would pay for coffee and farmers had no other options. There was no focus on quality because there was no incentive whatsoever. Despite much of the coffee being Bourbon, there was no sorting or grading so all the coffee was commercial grade. Rwanda exported 642,000 bags of coffee in 1993 and 447,000 in 1994. Then, as something of a stark reminder of the genocide, Rwanda exported a mere 22,000 bags in 1995. Today, Rwanda exports only 43% of what it did in 1993, but current exports represent much greater value because for the last 20 years the focus has been on quality rather than quantity. Rwanda’s ideal growing conditions are no longer wasted on poor processing. New washing stations have opened in all coffee growing regions, innovative cupping labs that arrive built into shipping containers, and cooperatives have been established. For the last 10 years, Rwandan specialty coffees consistently rank among the finest in the world.

  • Subregion Kivumu Sector, Rutsiro District
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Processing Honey Processed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £7.95
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade RWA CA NAT SPL SD
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001641-1
  • Origin Rwanda
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk