Kawah coffee is farmed in Boneza, the land of our origins, which is located in the western Province of Rwanda, East Africa, approximatively 165 kms from the capital city, Kigali.
Grown on the shores of Lake Kivu and at an altitude of 1700m above sea level, our coffee plants are cared for from the moment they are planted into our rich soil.
Our coffee is a single origin, 100% arabica coffee and we prioritize speciality grade coffee which is fully processed in our washing station.
We started Kawah because coffee holds so much potential. It has the ability to change a landscape and transform a people, but it is so easy to feel distant from the origin of your coffees and the impact your purchase makes on coffee-growing communities. We understand your need for both transparency and great coffee.
We create consistently great coffees while improving the livelihoods of the small holding farmers who grow them.
By bringing their exceptional beans to Asia we give our farmers an opportunity to be seen and recognized for their amazing job as well as telling the story of Rwanda, our country.
We do the simplest and best thing we could do for coffee farmers, we pay higher prices for coffee cherries as well as annual premiums.
As for our direct customers, we have opted to roast our beans in Singapore and deliver weekly roasted coffee even if we could have used our facility in Rwanda to roast big batches and store them here.
An invitation to connect to the humanity of the coffee process
The world now consumes over 500 billion cups of coffee each year. And yet, most coffee drinkers could not tell you much about how coffee is grown or who grows it. We believe that by sharing the stories of coffee farmers and processes from the coffee cherries to the final beans in the cup, people can make more informed choices about the coffee they choose to drink.
How We Do It
Our coffee is hand-roasted, highly defined & differentiated; we aim to model the wine industry by distinguishing our harvest through our micro-region & single origin exclusivity efforts. Our ownership of the entire value chain of Kawah Coffee makes this a reality!
The whole process from picking cherries to sorting of green coffee takes between 21 and 26 days depending on the drying duration which, under the traditional method (complete drying by sun exposure) varies according to weather changes.
We then ship the green beans to Singapore, roast and pack them ourselves. We then deliver coffee that has been sourced directly from the farm thus ensuring our farmers benefit majority of the final revenues.