Dukunde Kawa Rwanda: Tastes Like Tangerines & Caramel


Dukunde Kawa Rwanda: Tastes Like Tangerines & Caramel



In addition to its excellent product, Dukunde Kawa is a well-run organization led by a democratically elected president, administrative board, management team, and general assembly. This group has steadily improved the organization’s agronomic and processing practices, as well as focused on social projects. As a result, Dukunde Kawa today produces extraordinary lots and institutes high-quality environmental and social programs. In 2012 the co-op won the prestigious Sustainability Award from the Specialty Coffee Association of America for its efforts in realizing the benefits of shade-grown coffee and restorative replanting.

Dukunde Kawa’s member base has grown substantially since its 2003 formation, expanding from 300 coffee growers to more than 2,000. In the same period the co-op became Fair Trade certified, using the premiums its coffee commands to invest in its farmers, the cooperative, and the community. Eighty percent of Dukunde Kawa’s members are women; they market their coffee separately as women-grown coffee, garnering earnings that go toward child education and improvements that directly affect the lives of community members. The women have also established a sewing association and have implemented a program to produce and export traditional Rwandan baskets, broadening the co-op’s trade skills. We love that this coffee is at once, super tangerine sweet and unctuous like bone broth... So much fun!

Light roasted for drip and press. 


Small orders ship in one business day, large orders ship in 2 business days. 

If your delivery address is within 2 miles of NW Portland, input the discount code "LOCAL" at checkout for a small discount. 

We are happy to grind your coffee for you; please include all details for your order in order notes. We will contact you shortly after you check out if we have any questions.


We serve this coffee as both espresso and drip in our shops.  We use 20g ground espresso to produce 30g brewed espresso in 26-30 seconds.  If you don't have a scale and the espresso is between 7 and 14 days old, just aim for a volume a little over 1.75 ounces for a double.  Please note this coffee is delicious as straight espresso but can get lost in milk; if you prefer a stronger espresso for milk drinks we recommend using the Blendo Stupendo.Of course, feel free to experiment with the parameters to find your perfect coffee.  If our parameters make the espresso tastes sour or bitter to you, just increase your brewed amount a few grams up if it's sour or a few grams down if it's bitter.  For our drip coffee, the parameters vary a little because we use a refractometer to control strength at 1.35% TDS, but if you don't have a refractometer just use about 12 grams of coffee for every 8 ounce of water.  Please contact us with any brewing related questions!


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