NYT Rwanda coffee article

by JulieCraves on August 8, 2006

On Sunday, August 6, the New York Times business section had an excellent article on coffee growing in Rwanda (stable, no registration link).  The article gives background on how financial help from U.S. AID, via the PEARL Project I’ve written about before, has helped bring about a vast improvement in the quality of Rwandan coffee, and brought hope and economic vitality to a country in which nearly a million people were killed by genocide.

The article notes that it is the Rwandan government’s goal to make all coffee produced in the county specialty coffee by 2008.  This means no more cheap, C-grade beans purchased by the big four, higher prices paid for the beans which go directly to the farmers and their communities (lessening the need for exploitation of the environment), and even more attention to sustainable growing methods. The article included interviews with Intelligentsia’s Geoff Watts, Thanksgiving’s Paul Katzeff, Green Mountain’s Lindsey Bolger, and Thousand Hill’s Stephen Coffey.  It also tells a few amazing personal stories.  A very good read, take a look.

Revised on November 25, 2020

Posted in Coffee regions

Zach August 8, 2006 at 10:29 am

Congrats on being the featured blog. I am a huge coffee aficionado myself, having spent a number of summers as a barista at the infamous Starbucks. I'm putting your blog on my links list.

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