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cocagi gashonga

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cocagi gashonga, rwanda

It can take several hours for producers to carry their coffee cherries to the Coffee Washing Station (CWS) this is to facilitate ‘Cafecultuerurs de Gishoma’ located in Cyangugu on the southern shore of Lake Kivu, right on the border crossing with DRC Congo. The original name of the district was called Gashonga, so that name has stuck. The area is where the first coffee trees were planted in Rwanda by Belgian white colonial farmers.

This speciality coffee has a hint of tangerine and notes of fudge and demerara sugar.


cocagi gashonga, cyangugu, Rwanda

Rwanda Gashonga is grown by COCAGI (Co-operative des Cafecultuerurs de Gishoma). They are located in Cyangugu on the southern shore of Lake Kivu right on the border crossing with DRC Congo. When we first got to know them the original name of the district was called Gashonga, so that name has stuck. The area is where the first coffee trees were planted in Rwanda by Belgian white colonial farmers.


Like most of Rwanda they are blessed with the perfect climate to produce specialty coffee, good altitude and rich volcanic soils. They produce 100% bourbon cultivar which has a distinctive cup profile of sweet rounded tangerine acidity, morello cherry notes in the aftertaste in this medium bodied cup. It’s a delicious component of Union’s Revelation espresso.


Gashonga are in a remote area which has influenced the development of key self-reliance skills. They are motivated and focussed towards achieving sustainable livelihoods for their community. Just like Maraba, our relationship with Gashonga is not “just a buyer”, but to provide long-term support to so that farmers we engage with can prosper:


Union provides:-

  • - Minimum purchasing commitment to give members of the co-operative with the security they need to invest in their land and locality.
  • - Forward financing, either directly or via financing agencies. This ensures cash is available to pay farmers at the time of picking and also enables essential         supplies that directly affect coffee quality to be purchased.
  • - Visits at least every 12 months to develop strategy for the season, to assess quality and review for the following year.
  • - New projects to improve capacity building and strengthen governance and leadership within the co-operative.


Much progress has been made at the Co-operative level with the installation of additional de-pulping machines at coffee washing station that have increased capacity and income.

Delivery Information for this product


We aim to despatch all orders within 2 working days of receiving them. During peak mail order periods (for instance, Christmas or other promotional activities), this timeframe may be extended slightly, although every effort will be made to despatch your order as soon as possible. 

All our coffees are roasted to order so we require at least one working day before we can despatch your order



Standard delivery is charged at £2 per order (mainland UK)
For all orders over £15 (before delivery) or over 2KG in weight, delivery is FREE


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2018 prices up to 2kg

  Europe * International Zone 1 * International Zone 2 *
0 – 1000g             7.85 1305 18.50
1001g – 1500g             12.55 22.00 24.45
1501g – 2000g 23.00 50.00 70.00

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cocagi gashonga