Carrier Roasting Co.

Rwanda Rugali


Whole bean coffee

We roast to order on Mondays and Wednesdays and ship the following day. Orders will be included in a roast if they’re received by 5pm Eastern Time the day before.

Origin: Rwanda

District: Nyamasheke

Factory: Rugali

Altitude: 1450 - 1600 masl

Process: Dry

Variety: Bourbon

Tasting notes: Red cherry, purple grape, fig

Rwanda Rugali is the first dry processed coffee from Rwanda that we've offered. This coffee comes to us by way of Higa Coffee, a new importer helmed by Kenny Ntwali. Kenny is a Rwandan who grew up in Minnesota, returning to Rwanda to work in coffee. After immersing himself for several years in coffee production, he and his partner Julia founded Higa to work towards higher incomes for Rwandan coffee producers through more sustainable producer-roaster partnerships. They have stated the origin of the company in this way:

Higa comes from the Kinyarwanda (local language in Rwanda) verb:guhiga - to state something you would like to see happen and work to it. Higa, the company, is our attempt to work towards equitable coffee supply chains.

Kenny and Julia first reached out to us early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, and we knew instantly that we'd want to work with them in some way. It didn't work out the first year, as we were not in a good position to take on more buying commitments at a time of deep uncertainty. Fast forward to 2021 and we had a chance to try again. Kenny sent us several samples, one of which was the remarkable Rugali.

This is a dry processed coffee after our hearts, demonstrating clean, articulate, and bright fruit flavor. We taste sweet and juicy flavors of red cherry, purple grape, and fig.


This is our first year working with Higa coffee. We purchased 3 60kg bags of this lot for a price of $4.46/lb EXW on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $1.90/lb. We scored this lot an 87.

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