Rwanda Trading Co. owns and operates 19 wet milling stations and works directly with farmers throughout Rwanda-buying, milling, processing, and marketing their coffee for export.
QUALITY LEGACY COMMUNITY
Quality assurance starts at the field level. After providing Agribusiness Trainings, Field Officers conduct a rigorous follow up, conducting inspections of the farms of farmers in the ATP to ensure that the hard work of taking care of their trees is not jeopardized by haversting unripe cherries.
From the point of cherry reception, hand sorting throughout the process ensures that only coffee beans of the highest quality end up into the first grade.
Cupping is a professional technique for tasting coffee to evaluate its quality, along with the flavors, and aromas characterizing the coffee. Cupping allows coffee graders to classify coffees into different grades. Performed by our lab, along with the full physical analysis of the beans to detect defected beans, RTC lab team determines the grade of the coffee we are receiving and ensures that any blends are properly handled and this allows RTC to deliver quality that meets our clients expectations. "RTC Lab Manager, Laetitia Karengera"
We offer a range of different qualities of green coffee, ranging micro roasters, large cafe chains, and traders. We supply specialty, certified, traceable, and other commercial quality coffees including:
You can reach out for our current offerings and we will provide you with all the specs.
Rwanda Trading Co. offers agribusiness management, financial literacy, and agronomy training programs to increase yield and keep farmers operational, profitable, and healthy.
In 2019, Rwanda Trading Co. shipped the first container of digitally traceable coffee from Shyara Mountain to Little Rock, AR, U.S.A. Today more than 80% of our coffee is fully traceable to the farmer. Learn more about traceable coffee at Farmer Direct Verified.
Rwanda Trading Co. oversee milling, processing, and quality control and provide access to the futures market to secure the best prices for farmers.
After nine years of providing agronomy training to the farmers in the supply chain, Rwanda Trading Co. has again embarked on a new journey to take our farmers to the next step. After assessing various farmers, we realized that many of the coffee trees were very old and past their prime time. Rwanda Trading Co. plans to distribute over 5 million coffee seedlings by 2025. In 2021, we distributed over 350,000 trees, followed by 1.2M coffee seedlings in 2022, and nearly 2M coffee seedlings in 2023. The yields from these trees will bring additional volume to our farmers, hence additional revenue income. More importantly, the young trees will remind our farmers the potential production from trees that are young, hence helping to speed up the rejuvenation of current old trees that are no longer as productive.
RwandaTrading Company Managing Director, Jean Jacques Ndayisenga and Westrock Coffee CEO, Scott Ford
2023 Annual Management Retreat at Mwito Coffee Washing Station, in the Western region of Rwanda.
In 2022, RTC celebrated Westrock Coffee on becoming a publicly traded company as WEST on the NASDAQ.
Every year, RTC trains Coffee Washing Stations Managers and Accountants. The training is about next season preparation & goals, quality assurance at farm level, finance, IT, and general topics about coffee.
During annual closing party, RTC recognizes employees who exceled on RTC values: Quality, Legacy, and Community. In 2023, Pacifique Nduwayezu exceled on quality, Pacifique Ndahiriwe won the community award, and Valentin Hakizimana earned the Legacy award.