Angelope Design

Starbucks Reserve: Rwanda Hingakawa

If you have tasted coffee from Rwanda Hingakawa, that means your coffee was planted, tendered, picked, harvested, processed, sun-dried, sorted, hulled, analyzed and bagged by a woman.

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  Farmer’s Story   A group of farmers known as Hingakawa— all of whom are women —are turning out coffees of rare elegance. After bearing witness to one of Rwanda’s darkest episodes, the farmers of Hingakawa found a path forward through coffee—one that embraces reconciliation, revitalization and improved livelihoods. Hingakawa, a mantra that translates to “Let’s grow coffee,” is a product of patience, care and love.   Artist’s Story   I still can’t believe that this association is made entirely of women in a historically male dominated country. Because of that I knew I had to have HER – the female farmer – at the forefront of my art. The basket represents the idea that Rwandan women are a strong, tightly woven unit, bringing stability to their economy and keeping their families bound together. Her dress mimics the valley and mountain behind her as a nod to her new craft; by harvesting nature in the form of coffee beans, she is rebuilding her nation literally from the ground up. I wanted this card to feel vibrant and powerful - just like her.

Farmer’s Story

A group of farmers known as Hingakawa—all of whom are women—are turning out coffees of rare elegance. After bearing witness to one of Rwanda’s darkest episodes, the farmers of Hingakawa found a path forward through coffee—one that embraces reconciliation, revitalization and improved livelihoods. Hingakawa, a mantra that translates to “Let’s grow coffee,” is a product of patience, care and love.

Artist’s Story

I still can’t believe that this association is made entirely of women in a historically male dominated country. Because of that I knew I had to have HER – the female farmer – at the forefront of my art. The basket represents the idea that Rwandan women are a strong, tightly woven unit, bringing stability to their economy and keeping their families bound together. Her dress mimics the valley and mountain behind her as a nod to her new craft; by harvesting nature in the form of coffee beans, she is rebuilding her nation literally from the ground up. I wanted this card to feel vibrant and powerful - just like her.

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