See more about our relationship with Sholi in our blogs, Rwanda: Sholi, Smayah, and Endless Inspiration & Rwanda Sholi 2021
WHY WE LOVE IT: Sholi presents a wonderfully complex and balanced acidity, making this fruit-forward coffee something you can drink and explore all day.
DESCRIPTION: apricot, lemon tea cake, salted dulce de leche
REGION: Muhanga District, Southern Province
PROCESSING METHOD: Washed
ALTITUDE: 1,800 - 2,000 m
In the past few years, perhaps no other coffee has become as anticipated or as special to us as our annual release from Rwanda Sholi. During our trip to Rwanda in 2019, we 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.
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 continues to grow, now constituting 600 members, 262 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.
We're excited and proud to offer this exceptional coffee that has done so much for the community from where it hails. As one of our newest relationship coffees, we are taken with its green and yellow fruitiness mixed in with a really pleasing, salted caramel sweetness.
Innovative thinking, attention to detail, and great growing conditions always point to a bright future, and this potential has been realized each and every year we taste the newest harvest from Sholi.