WHY WE LOVE IT: This naturally processed lot provides a mulled wine character over a delicate melon acidity.
See more about our relationship with Sholi in our blogs, Rwanda: Sholi, Smayah, and Endless Inspiration & Rwanda Sholi 2021
DESCRIPTION: marzipan, black currant, melon, mulled wine
REGION: Muhanga District, Southern Province
PROCESSING METHOD: Natural
ALTITUDE: 1,800 - 2,000 m
The Abateraninkunga ba Sholi cooperative (meaning 'mutual assistance') was originally established in 2008 by 30 women and received official recognition in 2013. In 2014 they received funding to build their own washing station, and in 2015 received their Fair Trade certification. Today the cooperative is made up of 400 farms, 3 washing stations, and 451 members, 196 of which are women.
In 2016 the cooperative received a grant to build a community center and a health center to serve its members and other local residents. The nearest hospital is over 45 minutes away on poor roads, so services for things such as malaria, parasites, pregnancy check-ups, and basic first aid that the health center can provide are invaluable. The community center also provides education on nutrition, cooking, and gardening in order to combat childhood malnutrition.
In November 2019, members of our team traveled to Sholi with our partners at Atlas Coffee Importers. They cupped their coffees and toured one of the processing stations, a farm, warehouse, and the health and community centers and formed lasting relationships along the way.
We're excited and proud to offer a natural process version for the first time. Originally part of our limited-release Rwanduo box set, the natural process lot stands up well on its own and provides a mulled wine character over a delicate melon acidity.