Field Trips

Let’s Talk Coffee® Rwanda 2019 features optional post-event field trips to either the Nyampinga’s women’s cooperative or the Fair Trade certified Koakaka cooperative with a visit to a World Coffee Research On-Farm Technology Trial site. Both trips depart on June 20, however the Nyampinga trip is a day-long trip while the Fair Trade Koakaka trip is an overnight trip. Please note that the trips occur simultaneously, so it is not possible to attend both.

There is no additional fee to attend these trips—the cost of each field trip is included in your Let’s Talk Coffee® registration. Please read each field trip description below carefully for trip details.

Nyampinga Field Trip

June 20, 2019

Nyampinga Trip Overview and Itinerary

Nyampinga is a women’s coffee cooperative located in the Rusenge Sector of the Nyaruguru District in southern Rwanda. The cooperative was one of the first to enroll in the Sustainable Growers training program in agronomic best practices, market access initiatives, and quality control. The result of the farmer’s hard work and enhanced knowledge of coffee production has been a resounding improvement in cup quality. Today, Nyampinga coffees are among the finest available in all of Rwanda.

Nyampinga operates its own washing station, which processes coffee from farmers all over the area. It serves as a key component of specialty coffee infrastructure, elevating the region’s cup profiles upward. The Nyampigna field trip is a unique opportunity to see one of the standout cooperatives of the Sustainable Growers women’s coffee program firsthand.

Nyampinga Trip Itinerary

The itinerary for the Nyampinga trip is as follows:

Thursday, June 20
  • 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. — Breakfast at hotel
  • 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. — Drive from Kigali to Nyampinga Cooperative
  • 11:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. — Visit Nyampinga farms and washing station
  • 1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. — Drive to Huye
  • 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. — Each lunch in Huye
  • 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. — Drive from Huye to Kigali

Important Travel Information

Be sure to book your flights and hotel in Kigali to accommodate the Nyampinga field trip. For more information on travel dates and hotel booking, visit the Venue and Travel page.

Fair Trade Koakaka Field Trip with World Coffee Research On-Farm Technology Trial site visit

June 20-21, 2019

Fair Trade Koakaka trip overview and itinerary

Attendees on this trip will first visit the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB’s) Rubona Research Station in Huye District and a World Coffee Research On-Farm Technology Trial site in Gisagara. 

World Coffee Research has created a Global Coffee Monitoring Program that scientifically tests two improved coffee varieties and two agronomic treatments directly on farmer fields using their own coffee varieties and practices as controls for comparison. During this trip, attendees will be able to see these On-Farm Technology Trials in action. You can learn more about this global trial program at worldcoffeeresearch.org.

Trip attendees will then drive to Huye and stay overnight at a hotel in Huye. Note that we will book your lodging at this hotel once you sign up for the field trip as part of the standard Let’s Talk Coffee® registration process.

The following morning trip attendees will visit Koakaka, a Fair Trade certified cooperative located in the Kigoma Sector of Huye District. The cooperative has 1,316 members and operates washing stations in both Huye District and the Nyamagabe District. Koakaka has a hit a number of significant milestones over the years that showcase their innovative spirit. In 2014, they began to segment their women’s coffee, offering high-quality, high-impact lots to the international market. In 2016, Koakaka was recognized by RWASHOSCCO as the best coffee in the country with a score of 90.3. In 2018, Koakaka continued that tradition of excellence by placing 10th in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence.

After visiting Koakaka, attendees will eat lunch and head back to Kigali.

Fair Trade Koakaka Trip Itinerary

The itinerary for the Fair Trade Koakaka trip is as follows:

Thursday, June 20
  • 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. — Drive from Kigali to Huye District
  • 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. — Visit Rwanda Agriculture Board Rubona Research Center
  • 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. — Travel to Restaurant for Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. — Lunch
  • 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. — Visit World Coffee Research trial site in Gisagara
  • 5:00 p.m.-5:45 p.m. — Travel to Huye District
  • Evening — Stay at hotel in Huye District
Friday, June 21
  • 6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m. — Breakfast at hotel
  • 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. — Drive to Koakaka cooperative
  • 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. — Visit Koakaka cooperative
  • 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. — Lunch
  • 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. — Drive back to Kigali

Important Travel Information

Be sure to book your flights and hotel in Kigali to accommodate the Fair Trade Koakaka field trip. For more information on travel dates and hotel booking, visit the Venue and Travel page.