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Strength 4: Gishwati Cloud Forest ‘Organic’ Rwanda Coffee.
An extremely well rounded coffee, with lively citrus highlights and a caramel sweetness, which lingers on the pallet and is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Gishwati Cloud Forest coffee is grown 60km from the unique ecological hotspot that is Virunga Park and is home to a quarter of the world’s last mountain gorillas and other endangered zebra-looking Okapi. Gishwati use to host a big number different species of primates such as Chimpanzees and Golden monkeys. However, during the genocide, displaced refugees cleared it for subsistence farming. Deforestation was so intensive that by 2001 only 6km of native Gishwati forest remained.
The coffee rewards 700 organic farmers for sustainable land management practices. This is not yet a carbon registered project and we have been talking to the NGOs about how we might help raise some funds to support a payment for ecosystem services initiative. In the meantime, we are keeping things in the family by offsetting the Rwandan coffee carbon footprint with the carbon from our Ugandan farmers!