The Misozi co-operatives are spread across the lush mountains of Rwanda – on the very rooftop of Africa, the watershed between the two great rivers, the Nile and the Congo, from the natural forests of the south to the volcanoes of the north. Each location has unique character and beauty, and from each co-operative comes distinctive coffee of the highest quality.
Misozi is Kinyarwanda word for “hills”, signifying where the coffee comes from. Misozi is a farmers’ owned, Fair Trade certified export and marketing company. All member co-operatives are fair-trade certified under its umbrella certification, and they constitute its shareholders. The objective is to establish long-term partnerships.
After the deep trauma and tragedy of recent years, Rwanda’s coffee farmers today have their eyes firmly fixed on the future. They are coming together from their different backgrounds to form co-operatives to build better livelihoods for their families and their communities.
Misozi coffees are grown on the slopes of high altitude mountains ranging from 1500 to 2200 metres above sea level with temperatures varying from 17 to 23 degrees centigrade. The climate, altitude and volcanic soils allow the predominantly Bourbon-variety coffee cherries to mature slowly, giving a good-sized bean that is rich in flavour and aroma.
Ripe cherries are picked in the early hours of the morning. They are then immediately delivered to the washing station where they are again hand sorted. The best quality cherries are pulped, fermented, graded and washed, all under expert supervision.
After washing, the beans are spread on raised, ventilated drying tables. They are protected both from rain and excessive sunlight throughout the drying process, allowing the coffee to develop its full taste characteristics slowly and naturally.
When dry, the coffee parchment is carefully bagged in well-ventilated stores before being transported to Kigali for milling and grading according to our requirements. It is shipped to the UK from the port of Mombasa in Kenya