Rwanda Gakenke Coko

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It has been a little while for us to feature a honey processed coffee. They have been going slightly out of style in favor of fully natural processed coffees. But we missed them, they give such a pretty balance between sweetness and still retaining the taste of the origin. The people at the Coko washing station are true experts in the craft of producing an exceptional honey. This year we got both tropical flavors stacked on the traditional Rwandese flavors. We got banana, black cherries, white grapes and plums, on a classic lemon infused black tea base.

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  • Origin: Rwanda
  • Region: Northern province
  • Town: Gakenke
  • Washing Station: Coko
  • Farmer: smallholders
  • Crop: 2023
  • Altitude: 2000-2300m
  • Variety: Red Bourbon
  • Processing: Honey 

A note from our supplier, This Side Up:

Nestled in Gakenke District’s highest reaches lies the Coko (pronounced CHO-co) washing station, run by Twongerekawa Coko, a cooperative society primarily led by women under the inspiring leadership of Therese Nyirangwabije – until 2023. The elevation imparts a unique character to their coffee— a crisp Rwandan black tea-like finish and the sweet notes of ripe citrus. But nature itself is only a part of the equation of course, it takes skill to bring these flavours to their maximum potential; in the long years which we have known Therese and the cooperative, quality has been remarkably stable throughout shifting weather patterns, and processing standards some of the highest in our entire portfolio.

However, Therese’s leadership extended far beyond coffee production. She has been a driving force in helping women in the region diversify their skills and create crafts such as wicker baskets, honey and through a regenerative project which we support, the addition of fruit trees to the farmers’ plots, providing shade, nutrients, additional revenue and food for Coko’s members. Under her guidance, the women of Twongerekawa Coko have explored new avenues, unlocking their creative potential and realising a standard of living previously unthought of in rural Rwanda.

Our coffee comes in craft paper bags which contain a plastic liner on the inside to guarantee freshness of our coffee. Please dispose properly at your local plastic trash container. The Village Coffee is roasted fresh every week, and best consumed within four weeks after roast date. Store your coffee in a dry, dark and cool place, avoid the fridge.


Additional information

Weight N/A
Country of Origin


Processing Method

Honey process

Taste Notes

Banana, Black Cherries, Lemon, Plums, White grapes


Small (250 gr-8.8 oz), Medium (340 gr-12 oz), Large (1 kg-2.2 lb), Big bag (2,5 kg-5.5 lb)

Grind Size

Ground for Espresso, Ground for Filter, Ground for French Press, Ground for Moka, Whole Beans