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  • How to brew Kivu noir

    April 29 2019 – Bold Commerce Collaborator

    How to brew Kivu noir

    How to brew the perfect cup of Kivu noir    Get inside tips from our resident coffee expert, Kevin Mbundu. Kevin is one of Kivu noir’s co-founders and inherited a passion for coffee from his dad. In 2003, Kevin visited a cupping session in London. He was too young to really understand any of it, but the experience was a...

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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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  • Why Sustainability Matters in Coffee

    March 20 2019 – Bold Commerce Collaborator

    Why Sustainability Matters in Coffee

      There’s power in your cup – and it’s not just the caffeine. Your daily brew can contribute to sustainability in the world coffee industry and the societies it fuels. Not all coffee is equally enjoyable, neither is it equally sustainable. In a really great cup of joe, however, you’ll find both of these characteristics.     People who appreciate coffee...

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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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  • The World’s Freshest Coffee

    January 15 2019 – Michael van den Heerik

    The World’s Freshest Coffee

    Kivu noir is of the famed Red Bourbon Arabica variety and is grown in rich volcanic soils at high altitudes over 4,800 ft. above sea level, on the rolling hills around Nkora, along the western shores of Lake Kivu. Rwanda is known worldwide for its fine coffees – a product of rich soils, high altitudes, plentiful equatorial sunshine, and rainfall...

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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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