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This coffee represents years of work by more than one hundred heroic farmers on the shores of Lake Kivu loosely organized into a collective known as People's Farm. Our inaugural Imena delivers flavors of honey, key lime and bergamot.
  • SKU 234008
  • Country Rwanda
  • Region within Country Gihombo, Nyamasheke District, Western Province
  • Elevation 1650 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Murundo CWS
  • Farmer / Producer Name Furaha Umwizeye
  • Buyer J. Mlodzinski
  • Cultivar Red Bourbon
  • Harvest Time May - July 2017
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
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Single Origin 1
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Imena Rwanda

Kinyarwanda is the official language of Rwanda, and Imena is Kinyarwanda for hero.

Our Imena Rwanda is a new Intelligentsia offering that marks the beginning of an exciting new phase in our Direct Trade relationship with Furaha Umwizeye and Kivubelt Coffee.

Furaha was born in Rwanda, raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and educated in Switzerland, where she studied economics. Like many Rwandans who were abroad during the country’s horrific genocide in 1994, Furaha found herself searching for ways to contribute to Rwanda’s ongoing reconstruction. Unlike many of them, her studies of international finance and trade had prepared her to lead processes of economic development and market engagement. In 2011, she started Kivubelt, a coffee farming, milling and export operation in the Western Province of Rwanda on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Kivu.

Kivubelt owns and operates three large farms with more than 90,000 coffee trees, which makes it a considerably larger undertaking than most farms in Rwanda. For years, Kivubelt rented a coffee washing station (CWS) in the village of Murundo to process the coffees it has grown on its three farms, delivering this coffee our friends and long-time Direct Trade partners at Bufcoffee for dry milling and export. But the company has also been working for several seasons with smallholders in the region as part of its mission to leverage the coffee trade for positive social impact.

People’s Farm

Furaha describes the inspiration for the name of this release:

“The idea behind Imena is that our neighbors are small-scale coffee farmers who grow their coffee in very high and very hilly terrain, places that are accessible only on foot, or perhaps by bicycle or motorbike. Basically they grow their coffee with their hands, hoes and feet. When the cherry is ripe, they hand-pick it and walk with it on their heads to the coffee washing station, and all this during the rainy season when the roads have turned to mud.”

To Furaha and the team at Kivubelt, in other words, Rwanda’s coffee farmers are heroes.

But Imena isn’t just the way Furaha and her team from Kivubelt feel about the farmers that neighbor the Murundo washing station. It is also an aspiration: they want to make heroic contributions to the economy of the region, which is why they work so hard to deliver agronomic assistance, pay the highest prices possible for cherry, process coffee with meticulous attention to detail and build lasting relationships with leading roasters.

Imena

In 2017, Kivubelt bought the Murundo CWS and began introducing tighter controls on cherry reception, improvements to sorting procedures and upgrades to the milling process. We tasted the difference immediately in this lot, which reminds us of honey, key lime, and bergamot.

Our inaugural Imena Rwanda is simultaneously the culmination of years of hard work and the beginning of a new chapter of collaboration between Intelligentsia, Bufcoffee, Kivubelt and the hundreds of heroic farmers who deliver their coffee to the Murundo CWS. We are delighted to introduce you to Imena and the heroes behind it, listed below.

Coffee Credits

Growers

Bakundukize Samson
Bandetsayo Anastase
Bavakure Feicien
Bazasangwa Innocent
Bihoyiki Phillipe
Bimenyimana Elisephan
Bizimungu Francois
Budede Philippe
Buranga Thomas
Gaconda Simeon
Gahunga Jean
Gashirabake Philemon
Gashirabake Simeon
Gombaniro J Pierre
Habiyambere Mathias
Habiyaremye Samsom
Hagenimana Isacar
Hakizinka Hana
Harindintwari Donath
Ingabire Louise
Iyamuremye David
Kabera Francois
Kaberuka Michel
Kajangwe Natanael
Kamari J.Baptiste
Kampeta Sousan
Kampire Marie
Kankindi Rose
Kanobana Issac
Karangwa J.Bosco
Karangwa Supirien
Karemera Didas
Katababaje Immacule
Kayigema Thimote
Kayijuka Dionise
Kayitare Elisephan
Maniragaba Faustin
Maniraruta Jason
Mazimpaka Maritin
Mugabowindekwe J.Paul
Muhayimana Modeste
Muhindagiga Saratiel
Mukabera Alphonsine
Mukabera Felecite
Mukakaribanyi Tamar
Mukarurangwa Aurea
Mukarwego Madaleine
Mukeshimana Jerome
Mukeshimana Mathias
Mukomeza Esidras
Munyaneza Samuel
Munyengabe Eliezard
Munyentwari Simon
Munyeshongore Jason
Munyeshoza Syliver
Murekatete Rosalie
Murwanashyaka Samuel
Musabyemungu Paul
Musabyimana Coleta
Mushimiyimana Julienne
Mushimiyimana Pascal
Muzima Laurent
Nambajimana Job
Ndabitegereje Usiel
Ndayishimiye Alphonse
Ndikumana Andre
Ndinda Ezechias
Ngirinshuti Charles
Ngwije Philipe
Niyitegeka Anastase
Niyomugabo Mahoro Tarcise
Niyongira Sept
Niyonzima Samuel
Nkundumukiza J.Bosco
Nkwakuzi Michel
Nsabimana Evariste
Nsabimana Anastase
Nsabimana J.Paul
Nsengimana Jean
Nsengumuremyi Edison
Nshimyimana P.Celestin
Ntakirutimana Elisaphan
Ntakirutimana Jean
Ntawugayimana Samuel
Nteziryimana Fabien
Nyabyenda Canision
Nyirajyambere Ephrasie
Nyirandekwe Marciane
Nyiransengumuremyi Julida
Nzagibwami Eliazard
Nzahabwa Daniel
Nzamurambaho Vincent
Nzeyimana Samson
Rucyerikibaye Chadrack
Ruhumuriza Felicien
Seromba Damien
Sibomana Michel
Sibomana Siliaque
Sinzabakwira Asiel
Tabaro Felecien
Twagirayesu Naason
Twayigize Anastase
Uzangabe Gered
Yabaragiye Ana

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