Your Students’ Union has a new coffee blend! You asked us to be more sustainable so we have selected a new coffee that’s good for the environment and gives back to the communities where it was created. Our coffee comes direct from the Rwandan hills to your cup. It’s also very tasty so we hope you enjoy it!
Where your coffee comes from
Our ethically sourced Rwandan Arabica Bourben coffee bean is sourced from the Ingoboka Cooperative located in the Rutsiro district of Rwanda’s Western District. It nestles in a picturesque valley beside the shores of Lake Kivu, 3 hour’s drive from Giseyni town and close to the Congo border.
The plantation & Co-operative started back in 2004 and is made up of a group of 135 farmers, maintaining around 10,000 coffee trees, which is relatively small by Rwanda’s standards. The Ingoboka plantation surrounds the washing station so after the daily picking, cherries are swiftly carried up to the flotation tanks ready for sorting, cleaning and drying.
Ingoboka produces around 200 tonnes of fully washed, finest grade 1 & 2 Arabica Bourbon coffee per year at an altitude of around 1800metres and nourished by rich, volcanic soil. Ingoboka are a Fair Trade and 100% Organic certified plantation with very high standards of growing, cleanliness and organisations.
Our coffee beans are grown high up in the Rwandan hills producing coffee with a smooth and rich finish and a great crème. You can enjoy our coffee knowing that we have selected a high-quality and tasty coffee that’s good for the environment and gives back to the communities where it was created.
Find out more about the journey of your coffee here.
Our Community Projects
Our coffee doesn’t just taste great, it also supports the communities where it is grown. Our suppliers work with the coffee farmers and their local Co-operatives to manage and fund local community projects. Current projects include working to develop three schools, creating a house for orphaned students and four disability houses.