Coffee

Coffee farmers seek govt support amid falling prices

The income that coffee farmers earn from the produce is set to reduce after the farmgate price for a kilogramme of coffee cherries dropped from Rwf267 in 2018 to Rwf190 this season. The new price was announced las week by the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB). Theopiste...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:40am

Coffee industry grapples with low farm incomes

Coffee farmers are not as happy as other players along the value chain because they are getting a modest share of revenues, experts in the industry have agreed. This, they say, only spells negative consequences to the sector, if it remains unchecked. “As we are here, traders, roasters...

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 9:21am

Africa eyes ‘lucrative’ specialty coffee market

Producing specialty coffee is one of the means through which African countries can guarantee improved revenues from produce as consumers on the international market are willing to pay higher prices for quality. This was one of the views fronted by some experts on Wednesday at the ongoing 17th...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:25pm

Rwanda ‘keen on increasing local consumption of coffee’

From February 13-15, 2019, Rwanda will host the African Fine Coffees Conference and Exhibition, an annual event hosted in rotation in Africa’s coffee producing countries. The meeting will discuss solutions to the challenges facing the industry and explore the opportunities for the continent...

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:59am

10 Rwandan coffee brands to be cupped in China

Ten coffee brands from Rwanda will be cupped and tasted today in the Chinese city of Xian. Organised by AfriCo, a Chinese firm with interest in Africa, the event will feature Gorilla Coffee, Bourbon Coffee, Cafe de Maraba, Three African sisters Coffee and Question Coffee among others. The event...

Monday, February 11, 2019 - 2:17pm

Online coffee auction fetches over Rwf300m

Twenty-five tonnes of coffee that won the 2018 Cup of Excellence Award fetched over $359,000 (over Rwf311 million) in an online auction held on Friday. The coffee was auctioned live through the internet to 87 international buyers. The Cup of Excellence is the most prestigious competition for high...

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 12:47am

How farmers set up coffee washing station from Rwf1,000 contributions

For most people, Rwf1000 is a little amount that cannot do much. But for a group of coffee farmers in Nyamasheke District, it was enough to start an investment to boost their productivity. When coffee farmers in Macuba Sector, Nyamasheke District set out to form a cooperative and start a coffee...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 11:21pm

Specialty coffee production projected to hit 80% by 2020

Rwanda’s specialty coffee production rate moved from almost zero in 2000 to 58 per cent in 2017 and projected to grow to 80 per cent of total coffee produce by 2020. This is according to statistics from the National Agriculture Exports Development Board (NAEB). Specialty coffee is one that...

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 10:28pm

How Western Province coffee farmers plan on recovering from Rwf100 million loss

Over 1,000 members of Kopakaki-Dutegure Cooperative in Karongi District are counting a loss of about Rwf100 million after the recent floods destroyed coffee plantations as well as harvest. The farmers shared their current challenges with Business Times during a recent agricultural exhibition in...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 11:08pm

Coffee exports to hit 24,500 tons this year

At the end of 2018, Rwanda expects to export 24,500 tons of coffee, up from the 23,000 tons last year. This was revealed on July 2, by Celestin Gatarayiha, head of coffee division at the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB). According to Gatarayiha, the increase in coffee...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 9:19pm

New Rwandan bean coffee company opens in US

A new Rwandan owned coffee shop and roaster has officially opened its doors in South Portland, a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States. The shop was founded by Mike Mwenedata; a 32-year old Rwandan who lives in the US. According to the Rwandan Embassy in the USA, the new business...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 9:47am

How American businessman turned defunct Rwandan coffee facility into a global brand

Before 2009, the once mighty Rwandex was exporting between 5,000 to 7,000 tonnes of ordinary coffee fetching between $9 million and $10 million annually. But financial problems hit the company hard and it soon folded. The troubled company, which had two branches; Rwandex Gikondo and Rwandex...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 1:31pm

Rwandan specialty coffee showcased in Amsterdam

Rwanda’s specialty coffee is being showcased at the World of Coffee exhibition that is underway in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The Rwandan coffee is being showcased under the theme; “Rwanda Coffee – A Second Sunrise”. A delegation of 21 exhibitors travelled from Kigali to...

Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 12:54am