Fratello blend goes green
COFFEE • A Calgary coffee roaster is offering a new blend produced by a green co-operative in Rwanda.
Fratello Coffee Roasters is selling Rwanda COOPAC Fair Trade ($39.20 for a 900-gram bag), a fully washed coffee. The mix of Bourbon and Mayaguez varietals delivers a sweet winey aroma, with lingering grapefruit acidity, mild toffee and milk chocolate flavours.
COOPAC is a co-operative near Rwanda’s Lake Kivu on the steep slopes of volcanic mountains that is committed to environmental and socially sustainable practices.
The organization began with 110 farmers in 2001 and today has over 2,200 members. Waste by-products from processing are used as fertilizer and shade trees are distributed to farmers to prevent soil erosion.
The group has assisted in the construction of a school, health-care clinics, roads and bridges in the community.
A COOPAC program also distributes cows and goats to the most productive farmers and provides members with an agricultural adviser to teach the latest production methods.
For more details, visit fratellocoffee.com or call 1-800-465-7227.