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Coming Soon: Rwanda Single Origin Grown by Hingakawa Women's Association

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In honor of Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day (March 8) we’re featuring the producers of our soon-to-be-released Single Origin coffee. Grown in the northern province of Gekenke, the Rwanda Hingawkawa is a premium lot grown by a group of women who have organized themselves as the Hingawkawa Women’s Association. In Kinyarwanda, Hingakawa means “let’s grow coffee”.   The Hingakawa Women's Association is part of the Abakundakawa Cooperative, a fair-trade farmers group whose name translates to “those who love coffee”, and produces some of the finest coffees in Rwanda. Established by 180 members in 2004, it has grown to almost...

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We're Celebrating Our 15th Anniversary

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As we begin our fifteenth year in business, we would like to extend a sincere grazie mille to our Caffè Umbria family - colleagues and customers. Without you, we wouldn't be here.

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Parchment Coffee (Peru)

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At the mill in Chiclayo, Peru, these black bags contain parchment coffee (coffee beans that have been processed and dried, but are still encased inside the parchment envelope, the endocarp). Warehousing coffee this way keeps it fresher until it is ready for export. Once sold, these beans will be sent to the mill to be hulled, polished, graded and sorted. Once milled, coffee beans are referred to as ‘green coffee’ and are ready to be shipped to the importing country’s roaster.

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On the Road to El Cautivo Farm, Peru

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We left the hotel at 7:30am the morning this photo was taken, finally arriving at the farm right before noon. Coffee is a way of life for these farmers, often working from sunrise to sunset and covering large distances on foot to reach the coffee plants that need to be tended that day. The rhythm of work here is more about what needs to get done that day, rather than working a certain amount of hours. It was educational to be on the ground and actually see how much manual labor goes into the agricultural aspect of coffee.

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