Kinyovu coffee cherries are cultivated by women coffee farmers in a high-altitude microclimate and grown among bananas, tea, and cassava plants. Through the IWCA, the farmers receive training on best practices for quality coffee production. The work proved valuable: in 2013, this coffee won the coveted Cup of Excellence, an in-country competition that identifies and auctions the highest quality coffees.
This coffee is imported by Jeanine Niyonzima-Aroian of JNP Coffee, which pays farmers a premium for their coffees, enabling new economics opportunities for their communities and families.
Our dear friend Cydni used this coffee to represent Little Waves at the regional Barista Championships in Nashville. Cydni's routine revolved around centering women of color and creating opportunities for them. Each person that contributed to the growing, exporting, sourcing, roasting, and brewing of this coffee was female or non-binary.
Cydni's espressos scored high and featured notes of black cherry, vanilla, and warming spices in a sweet, buttery cup.