by Sustainable Harvest
Region: Rusizi District
Producer: Gisuma cooperative
Arabica Variety: Bourbon
Altitude: 1850 masl
Process: fully washed
Tasting notes: gooseberry – green apple – lime
Suggested for: Filter
SUSTAINABLE HARVEST® imports exquisite specialty coffees from around the world. For 20 years, we’ve been using an innovative sourcing approach to disrupt opaque, commodity-driven trade. We focus on creating transparent relationships that increase value throughout the supply chain, all while fostering greater sustainability.
We call that approach Relationship Coffee.
The Gisuma cooperative in Western Rwanda was founded in 2009 by 56 women who were looking for a way to improve their livelihoods and realised that they would be stronger by working together.
Gisuma has experienced rapid growth and success since its founding: The cooperative now has 182 members who have all seen substantial improvements to their lives through coffee and has been recognized with Cup of Excellence awards twice at the national level.
This success has been aided by the co-op’s involvement in Sustainable Harvest-Rwanda’s training program, which has taught the women at Gisuma cooperative management skills, as well as best agricultural practices to improve the quality and productivity of their coffee trees.
As a result, women have been earning higher prices from their coffee than ever before. With the help of these increased profits, Gisuma has been able to make many investments in the co-op and its members, including:
Constructing roads to more easily transport coffee
Building infrastructure to access clean water
Securing health insurance for co-op members