While Out of the Grey Coffee has earned a stellar reputation for its quality ingredients, the company is perhaps best known by their customers for their impressive selection of highly unique flavors. Their coffee is fair trade certified, organic, shade grown, and absolutely delicious.
Naturally sweet fruity flavor, complex floral aromatics and a silky milk chocolate finish make this the perfect coffee.
Maraba coffee (Kinyarwanda: Ikawa ya Maraba; French: Café de Maraba) is grown in the Maraba area of southern Rwanda.
Maraba’s coffee plants are the Bourbon variety of the Coffea arabica species and are grown on fertile volcanic soils on high-altitude hills. The fruit is handpicked, mostly during the rainy season between March and May, and brought to a washing station in Maraba, where the coffee beans are extracted and dried. At several stages, the beans are sorted according to quality. The farmers receive credits based on the amount and quality of the beans they provide.
About 2,000 smallholder farmers grow the coffee plants under the Abahuzamugambi cooperative, founded in 1999. Since 2000, the cooperative has been supported by the National University of Rwanda (NUR) and the PEARL. The cooperative has improved coffee quality and penetrated the specialty market.
Abahuzamugambi ba kawa cooperative produce an exemplary crop from 100% Bourbon cultivars. Because of its lower yield, this varietal is not widely commercially produced in the global coffee market, compared to modern varietals. Bourbon is highly noted for the natural sweet fruity flavor attribute and rich silky body. Although Rwanda has grown coffee commercially since the early 1900’s, it was not noted for producing beans of gourmet quality until the initiative of the USAID funded PEARL, project now SPREAD, in 2001.
Union were an early adopter partner with this organization to develop a sustainable commercial relationship with Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa, bringing their coffee to the attention of the specialty market as Rwanda Maraba Bourbon “World First single origin Rwanda coffee” and “World First Fairtrade produce from Rwanda” in February 2003 in the Comic Relief Red Nose Day campaign. Since then, Rwanda Maraba Bourbon has been heavily cited as the instrument of transformational change, and Rwanda is the new darling for the specialty coffee disciples.
Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa is known as Maraba because that was the former name of the sector, now renamed Huye. Everyone knows Maraba, and it’s easier to pronounce. It’s comprised of 1200 farmer members, who each have families and children that extent to around 6000 people. Over the years, the success of Maraba has been the beacon to which other co-operatives aspire towards and they’ve demonstrated what can be achieved by “people who work together in coffee” Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa”.
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