Exporter: Rwanda Trading Company
Soil: Fertile volcanic soil
Variety: Bourbon and Typica
Harvest / Shipping Period: March – June / May – December
Altitude: 1400 – 1900 meters
Process: Fully Washed
Quality: No major defects or foreign matter / Less than 40 secondary defects
In Kinyarwanda Agaciro is a word used to define dignity, value and a small price. An apt name for this product. Agaciro is a quality developed by Rwanda Trading Company (RTC) to make better use of the low-density beans not suitable for high-end washed coffees. During the dry milling they separate the low-density beans out from the main product on Fully Washed lots. These beans typically make up around 7-10% of unsorted parchment coffee. Typically, the Agaciro has lower acidity and sweetness than its high-density counterpart but it still presents a clean and pleasant cup at a very good value price. As a by-product of the main washed lots it’s volume is limited and dependent on the volume of fully washed coffees RTC are preparing.
Agaciro coffee is composed primarily of beans rejected from the gravity table and color sorter, that fall short of our very strict quality control of 1st grade coffees. It is a value coffee that continues to hold the taste profile that Rwanda has become known for but lacking consistency in visible appearance.
Rwanda Trading Company:
Rwanda Trading Company was established in 2009 as a vehicle for positive social impact. We are committed to securing economic freedom and security for smallholder farmers by building resilient, transparent supply chains.
We believe that profitable and ethical business go hand in hand. Our model is built on trust and communication. From the outset, we have established partnerships with farmers to help them in the field and to work with them to create stability and mitigate risk.
We focus on quality and invest in production. RTC offer financial literacy, agribusiness management and agronomy training programs to increase yield and keep them operational, profitable and healthy. We oversee milling, processing and quality control and provide access to the futures market to secure the best prices for farmers.
It’s a highly collaborative effort that generates long-term economic stability from the ground up.
Our headquarters and dry mill are in Kigali where the majority of our 250 full-time and 500 seasonal employees work. RTC processes and exports 25% of Rwanda’s yearly coffee production. We own and operate sixteen wet milling stations and work directly with farmers throughout Rwanda – buying, milling, processing and marketing their coffees. We service roaster clients throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.