GCoko washing station is located in the highest parts of the Gakenke District and run by the small, mainly female Twongerekawa Coko cooperative society. Coffee from Coko is from an unusually high altitude (2000+ meters above sea level), which translates into slowly ripened, juicy beans that have both a typically Rwandan black tea-like finish and sweet taste notes of ripe citrus.
Over the past years, this coffee has become a classic for roasters, they managed to create such popularity around the coffee so as to attract many other buyers in the last few years. As a result, since this year, Twongerekawa Coko managed to sell all its coffee to buyers who promote the coffee at CWS level - an increase of 40% since 2014!
After creating three village lots in the 2017/2018 season, decided it was time for a change after years of just creating fully washed lots. With the aid of Abakundakawa and Misozi, They tweaked and perfected their first honey processed lot in 2018, which is an astonishing combination of washed and natural flavours.
All the coffee is hand picked, de-pulped, dry fermented for 12 hours and then wet fermented for 18 hours. The coffee is firstly shade dried and then sun dried on raised beds along the steep mountain slopes.
3 African sisters Farm together with Coko, with a focus on women, aim to alleviate poverty and empower the small holder farmers.