Rogue Wave Coffee Roasters - Rwanda - Horizon Maraba Site | Natural

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Product Type: Coffee Bean
Size: 340 g

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This Natural coffee is bright, tangy and sweet with notes that remind us of:

  • Plum
  • Cherry
  • Raspberry
  • Orange
  • Floral
  • Grapefruit

Learn more about this Maraba Site and Horizon Coffee

Horizon is located on a  beautiful site in the Southern Province of Rwanda. The small 3 hectare area sits long in the valley with steep slopes surrounding it. Pineapples grow on the verges and avocado trees line the walk down to the site. It sits at 1680 metres but the farms surrounding the station are much higher up, closer to 2000 metres. 1200 farmers contribute cherry to the station from farms that are all within 2km from the site. The average farm size is 7000 trees (3ha), and some have only 100 trees, amongst other crops. In 2019, the first year production restarted, the station processed 450 tons of cherry. As we approach the end of the season, total production for 2022 is estimated at 1000 tons. All 1200 farmers are members of the ATP (AgriBusiness Training Program). Farmers receive organic fertilizer from the station consisting of recycled cherry pulp, which is fermented with lime and molasses to create EM2 fertilizer.

Since the current owner Fdel is not originally from the area, his taking ownership of the station was met with some initial hostility by the local community. Now, passing through Kigali city you will notice the slogan ‘Horizon’ everywhere, on trucks and buildings. The Horizon group, whose business is infrastructure construction and repair are in fact owned by Rwanda’s defence ministry. In a move to tease the locals, Fdel named the Station ‘Horizon – Supreme Coffee’ to make the point that he was in conflict with them.

Fortunately the joke was taken as playful rather than mean-spirited and the station has become a positive addition to the community in the work it provides for the local people. 94 people are employed by the station with 4 full-time. 70% of staff are women.