We are an African producer of 100% Arabica coffee, and one of only a handful of companies in the world that produce roasted coffee beans & ground coffee in its country of origin.
Today we are in the "Third Wave" in terms of coffee culture. The “Third Wave” is all about traceability, source, quality, transparency, variety, process, soil and the people who are behind the coffee. A broad appreciation of the country came with the second wave, while the desire to simply consume coffee was the first. Mbanza represents the Third Wave.
Our coffee grows close to the equator, at an altitude of over 1,600m, on rich volcanic soils in an area with plentiful rainfall and sunshine - ideal conditions for the production of premium quality coffee. Furthermore, we put significant importance on how coffee is washed and cleaned after being picked to ensure optimal quality. We employ only women to clean the coffee after harvest, using the wet wash method - a fundamental stage in determining coffee quality. Women also sort, roast and pack our coffee.
Like any natural substance, coffee starts to degrade from the time it is picked. The deterioration process speeds up after roasting which further compromises on its freshness.
Most commercial coffee's take between 1 to 2 years from the time the coffee is picked from tree's to it reaching the final consumer. Mbanza Coffee does this in under 3 months.
Hard working small coffee farmers grow coffee around the village of Nkora, on the shores of Lake Kivu in Western Rwanda - They bring their picked coffee to our washing station also in Nkora. Through the entire process of wet washing the picked coffee, cleaning the coffee beans, sun drying them, followed by dry milling, to finally roasting the coffee, we "own" the entire process as everything happens in our own facilities. People who drink Mbanza Coffee therefore know exactly where it comes from, and who the dedicated people are that are involved in producing it - from crop to cup.
Our Fair Trade certified coffee is a 100% single origin gourmet Arabica coffee. The coffee is not blended with any other coffee. As Mbanza Coffee is produced from coffee that grows in one small geographic locality, it is called a specialty coffee. This makes Mbanza Coffee amongst the top 2% of coffees in the world. Mbanza coffee is an exceptionally delicate coffee packed with hints of sweet orange and chocolate, with a subtle cherry-lime finish. Together with its rounded complexity makes for a wonderfully approachable coffee.
Is one of 700 dedicated small farmers who supply our coffee
Is one of hundreds of women who hand sort coffee beans to remove damaged ones leaving behind top grade A1 beans which are then roasted
She has been roasting coffee for over 8 years. She believes in light medium and medium roasting of coffee beans in order to retain their natural flavours
I drank Mbanza Coffee and the first thought that went through my mind was "amazing".
~ Vic Hamaty, Cape Town, South Africa
I've been a loyal coffee consumer for the past 23 years, during those years, I've tried pretty much all the brands out there, including Starbucks, Folgers, Maxwell House, Lavazza, illy, etc. Since I've tried Mbanza coffee about 6 months ago, nothing has compared, I can definitely taste the difference between authentic fresh roasted coffee and the rest on the market. My search for the perfect coffee is over; I drink nothing other than Mbanza Coffee, I love everything about it, the full flavor, the amazing aroma, the potency, and most of all, the freshness.
~ Josh Armance, Albion, Mauritius
An outstandingly smooth & delicious coffee. It was love at first sip!
~ Vasanda Kadarasen, Brussels, Belgium
As a lover of single malt whiskey i appreciate the coffee equivalent which are the gourmet specialty coffees. Mbanza Coffee is a great example of such a coffee
~ Alpesh Patel, London, UK
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Avenue des Poids Lourds, Muhima, Kigali, Rwanda
Global Sales Office:
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