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Domitille Gasengayire spreads coffee beans on a drying table at a coffee washing site near Butare/Huye Rwanda. With the help of the USAID funded project, SPREAD, the coffee business has been gaining ground in Rwanda where the quality and market price earned by farmers across the country has been increasing annually. Last year, the country exported, according to Tim Schilling director of SPREAD, gourmet coffee exports increased from 2,000 tons in 2006 to 3,000 in 2007, with the overall quality doubling each year. Rwanda exported 25,000 tons of coffee in total last year. In the US this coffee appears in Whole Foods Stores and Starbuck Coffee Houses among others. SPREAD not only trains farmers to increase coffee bean quality but tries to more directly connect farmers to roasters to produce fair trade coffee. (Rick D'Elia)
Domitille Gasengayire spreads coffee beans on a drying table at a coffee washing site near Butare/Huye Rwanda. With the help of the USAID funded project, SPREAD, the coffee business has been gaining ground in Rwanda where the quality and market price earned by farmers across the country has been increasing annually. Last year, the country exported, according to Tim Schilling director of SPREAD, gourmet coffee exports increased from 2,000 tons in 2006 to 3,000 in 2007, with the overall quality...
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