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Nyanza, Rwanda

Last year, with nothing more than a depulper, a simple concrete tank for fermentation, and a bunch of drying tables, Evariste Bizimana built Iwacu, a tiny coffee processing mill near the town of Nyanza in the Southern Province of Rwanda. Iwacu services about 500 local farmers growing mostly Bourbon and Typica variety coffee under the shade of Grevillea trees, in addition to corn, sorghum, and potatoes. Evariste has big plans for the future of Iwacu, and ahead of his second season of business, has built more drying tables and an ecological water treatment system. Iwacu is like a cup of dessert, with flavors of panettone (sweet bread with raisins and citrus zest), cocoa, cream, and rose water.

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