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  • From Rwanda – Our Process

    April 18 2019 – Bold Commerce Collaborator

    From Rwanda – Our Process

    You can learn a lot about a coffee company by looking at the journey its beans take from the field to the filter. Each part is integral to the process, with the potential for making a difference – both to those who are involved in the production and the coffee lovers at the end of the line. That’s something we...

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  • What is Specialty Coffee?

    March 07 2019 – Bold Commerce Collaborator

    What is Specialty Coffee?

      From the corners of Vietnam to the shores of New York City, coffee is one of the most widely spread and loved beverages. Whether you’re a fan of a dark, strong espresso shot or a milky latte with plenty of foam, you are part of a longstanding history of bean and brew.    But if you’re wondering why some...

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  • From Rwanda – Our History

    February 28 2019 – Tian Nel

    From Rwanda – Our History

    The 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda will always remain a dark and desperate time in the country’s history. Since then Rwanda has made rapid progress. Survivors and their communities have rebuilt their lives and many are looking to a future built on agriculture that goes back further in history than the genocide. Coffee. And not just any coffee,...

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  • Growing coffee and growing communities

    January 05 2019 – Michael van den Heerik

    Growing coffee and growing communities

    It’s easy to only associate Rwanda with its tragic past; to fix a mental image of a country at its worst; to not look at everything else the people stand for and all that they’ve achieved. But of course, the truth is always more complex, and sometimes a lot more positive than we tend to acknowledge. Like many countries with...

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  • Rwanda’s coffee history

    January 03 2019 – Michael van den Heerik

    Rwanda’s coffee history

    When most people think of Rwanda, they immediately think of the horrific genocide that took place over 24 years ago, and that left 1,000,000 people dead. Though the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsi is a big part of the nation’s history, there is perhaps an even bigger part that is rewriting its future – the Rwandan coffee industry. Rwanda’s coffee...

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  • Blessings from Kivu noir

    December 20 2018 – Tian Nel

    Blessings from Kivu noir

    His Excellency Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president, had some interesting things to say about the import and export of coffee while speaking at the Africa Green Revolution Fund Presidential Panel in Kigali, earlier this month. We at Kivu noir support & agree 100% with what the President said. And that’s why we’re providing all the blessings Rwandan coffee needs by producing...

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