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AS 1 NATURAL

Papaya, Strawberry, Green Apple

Roast Level

Light Medium Dark
  • Bean Single origin coffee beans
  • Origin Kopakama cooperative - Rwanda
  • Process Natural

Size

Wholebean or ground

Total

£6.00

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Please order by 12pm on a Tuesday for delivery that week

AS 1 NATURAL

£6.00

  • 24hr tracked, letterbox-friendly delivery
  • 100% recyclable paper packaging
  • Roasted to order every Tuesday
Delivery Info

All our coffees are roasted to order, and right now, we roast once a week on a Tuesday. On Wednesday morning we taste all the roasts that are due for delivery to check they’re tasting great before sending them out.

Delivery is £2.95 or free for orders over £20. Our delivery service is Royal Mail Tracked 24, meaning delivery time averages 1 working day. Your coffee will likely arrive on Thursday, but occasionally Friday. If your coffee doesn’t arrive within this time frame, then get in touch at hello@taylorsofharrogate.co.uk

We have recently added a 240g bag option to all our coffees, but we don't yet have labels for these bigger bags across our entire range. While we manage this transition, if you order a 240g bag of certain coffees in the range, you may receive 2 x 120g bags 

ingredients

100% Arabica Coffee Beans. For maximum freshness, drink as soon as possible. If you have any left, just reseal the pack and keep in a cool, dark place. Roasted and packed in the UK by Taylors of Harrogate, HG2 7LD.

The first ever Naturally processed coffee from the Kopakama cooperative’s women farmers delivers a silky, sweet and complex cup full of tropical and summer fruit flavours.

Kopakama are a very special cooperative – not only because of the coffee they produce, but also because of the pioneering contribution they make to gender equality in Rwanda. We’ve partnered with Kopakama since 2016 - in that time supporting them to gain Rainforest Alliance certification in 2017 and for three consecutive years backing projects connected to their women’s committee, Ejo Heza, including the purchase of new demonstration farming plots, a savings and loans scheme and training in farming and financial literacy for women farmers.

Such is the nature of our trusted relationship that we were able to fund their first ever natural coffee experiment by purchasing this lot pre-harvest, and it didn’t disappoint.

 

  • Origin Rwanda
  • District Rutsiro District
  • Region Lake Kivu
  • Grower Kopakama cooperative
  • Process Natural
  • Altitude 1480 -1900 masl
  • SCA score 86.75
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Acidity Medium
  • Sweetness High
  • Body Medium
KOPAKAMA - EJO HEZA

The ProducerKOPAKAMA - EJO HEZA

Devastated by the Rwandan genocide, farmers came together to form Kopakama in 1998 to rebuild their lives and communities around the production of washed Arabica coffee. Starting with just 48 members, the co-operative has grown to welcome 1062 smallholder farmers who grow and process their coffee using 3 washing stations, a dry mill, and employ the skills of a trained coffee cupper.

Alongside its commitment to quality, community and environmental responsibility, it’s Kopakama’s progressive work to drive gender equality that really sets them apart as a producer. Many of the coop’s members are women, widows or orphans of the genocide, who found themselves heading up households alone – a fact that inspired the creation of a women’s farmer group to promote female solidarity and give those without access to land the opportunity to farm. The women called the group Ejo Heza, meaning Beautiful Tomorrow in Kinyarwandan.

Although Kopakama counts men and women amongst their membership, the women’s committee have a shared farming demo plot that was set up to promote trust, solidarity, collaboration and collective knowledge sharing. A portion of Kopakama’s coffee is grown exclusively by the women farmers, including this incredible lot.

THE PARTNERSHIP

THE PARTNERSHIP

We have been buying coffee from Kopakama since 2016 and the partnership is one that’s close to our hearts. After working with them to achieve Rainforest Alliance certification in 2017, funding a waste-water disposal system as part of the preparation, we have focused our efforts on supporting their work with the Ejo Heza – with our collective aim being to empower the women to produce incredible quality coffee, and run profitable, sustainable businesses.

Throughout the partnership we’ve backed Ejo Heza through the purchase of an additional demo plot; the investment of £50,000 to give Women's Committee members access to small loans and training in business, finance and farming;. and in 2020, the funding of PPE for the farmers as part of our COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. You can read more about our work to help empower female coffee farmers here.

THE COFFEE

THE COFFEE

Even since the relaxation of national quality control rules (pre-2017, producers could only export washed coffee), good quality naturals have been a relative rarity in Rwanda. Though most of the country’s coffee remains washed, forward thinking producers like Kopakama have started to separate portions of their best cherries for small batch natural production, opening up a totally fresh set of flavour possibilities. This is the cooperative’s first ever natural and it’s an absolute success.

First, the women hand selected the ripest cherries from the Ejo Heza plot before delivering them to the Mushubati washing station for floating to remove any defects. Then, the ripe cherries were placed on raised drying beds under direct sunlight.

20 women tended to the drying process over 15 days – hand removing small cherries, turning the coffee regularly, covering the coffee in the evening and in periods of intense sun, and moisture-checking 3 times a day. The coffee was dried to 12% moisture content, before being stored, hulled and sorted at Kopakama’s dry mill.

How to brew AS 1 NATURAL

We love brewing Rwandan coffees through a pour over like a v60 or Kalita, and this latest lot is no different. We'd recommend tasting it alongside As One - Washed to experience the difference that processing method can make on a single coffee.

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