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THE STORY: OIKOS ROAST: 01/CWOFFEE
In 2007, a group of thirty Rwandan coffee farmers came together with a dream. They wondered what impact they could have on their community if they worked together and formed a cooperative. These farmers from South Western Rwanda, most of whom have a single smallholding of between 350 and 2500 trees, gathered under the name Urengerekawa (a Kinyarwanda phrase meaning ‘Let us protect coffee.’)
The formation of Urengerekawa Cooperative enabled the farmers to invest in their own wet mill, allowing them to produce, treat and sell their own coffee with more control over each step of the process. Each member has an equal share in the business, meaning wealth is fairly distributed. As a result, Urengerekawa Cooperative has been able to invest in a school, housing, water and roads.
The Rwandan government has pointed towards the coffee industry as one road out of poverty. So, with a heart for the people of Rwanda and a heart for living lives of justice we are excited to have the coffee produced by Urengerekawa form the heart of our first Oikos roast, 01/cwoffee.
Cwoffee is a single origin roast. The beans from the Urengerekawa Cooperative are Nyakabuye Invozu beans. We've added some tasting notes below to help you get the most out of the experience of drinking 01/Cwoffee.
Upon opening your bag of our first amazing single origin roast, Cwoffee, take a moment to savour the aroma of the dry coffee straight from the bag. Primarily you should appreciate the sensation of spices, specifically Cinnamon, Cloves and Anise. On the back of the spices there is the distinct arrival of Hazelnut and lastly some Black Cherry and Chocolate aromas.
If you are brewing Cwoffee in a cafetiere, allow one heaped spoonful per cup and let the soaked coffee extract for at least four minutes. Before plunging, break the crust that has formed on the top with a spoon and take in the aromas released by the brewed coffee.
With each sip of Oikos Roast 01/Cwoffee you should notice the primary flavour of Tart Black Cherry, followed closely by a distinct Liquorice experience and ending with a delicious Honey aftertaste. In your mouth this roast should feel well rounded with a medium body and leave a very clean taste.
THE STORY OF OIKOS ROAST: 02/KOMFORT
In 1994, tribal genocide ripped through the beautiful nation of Rwanda. The emotional horrors of that event are still felt by communities, families and individuals across the country. The small town of Karengera, like many others, was a place where the stories of pain were bottled up and not dealt with.
In July 2015, some members of the Scottish charity Comfort Rwanda & Congo visited Karengera. It was a town noticeable for its lack of joy. Silence was the overwhelming noise. But as Good News International, one of Comfort Rwanda & Congo’s partners, started to support that community something remarkable was happening. Joy was returning. The feelings of loss were being healed. The story of being abandoned and forgotten was being rewritten. Karengera’s new story was comfort.
As we reflected on the story of Karengera finding comfort in a God of Justice, we wanted to celebrate alongside the community there by using their beans for our second Oikos Roast, 02/Komfort. The beans for 02/Komfort come from Karengera and their own coffee processing mill, or “washing station” as it is known locally. Many of the community members are actively involved in the coffee process, whether it is as owners of the land, or involved in the drying and production side of the business.
So as you enjoy its beauty know you are also doing something beautiful, helping the community of Karengera find healing. It is a small part of the process but the beans in 02/Komfort are filled with a story of comfort, of justice and of joy.
When you open your bag of 02/KOMFORT your nose should take you on a journey from the sweet spice aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon to nutty hints of cashews. You should also find in the background a woody, perhaps cedar, tail to the aroma.
If you are brewing 02/KOMFORT in a cafetierre, allow one heaped spoonful per cup and let the soaked coffee extract for at least four minutes. Before plunging, break the crust that has formed on the top with a spoon and take in the aromas released by the brewed coffee. Here you should be detecting fresh plums mixing in with the nutmeg which was present in the dry coffee. The cinnamon notes, while they remain sweet, are off set by the homely savoury smell of fresh vine tomatoes. Ensure all the crust has fallen to the bottom of the pot before pushing down on the plunger.
With each sip of Oikos Roast 02/Komfort you should notice the well rounded plum flavours and dried date mixing with the savoury notes of cashew and even a hint of tobacco leaf in the final notes. As the smooth finish slides over your tongue you should also find the familiar taste of cocoa pleasantly lingering in the final notes.
All in all, 02/KOMFORT is a complex cup of coffee but which effortlessly and joyfully tells a story of the sweet and savoury on the taste buds.
You can order Oikos Coffee via the form here or after a Sunday morning service.