Intango

Bright yet thick aromas like lavender. Juicy sweetness like pineapple and strawberries. Silky body like hazelnut and black tea.

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Intango

“Intango signifies a beginning, a communal sharing space, a central location from which farmers, staff and community start as they grow and change their lives positively together.” – Gilbert Gatali

Gilbert Gatali is an entrepreneur in specialty coffee, renown internationally for his sustainable work in coffee exports from Rwanda. He owns coffee shops in the capital Kigali and has recently bought a washing station where he just produced his first coffee: Intango. He is on the board of directors of the Africa Fine Coffee Association and won the Most Notable Producer Sprudgee award in 2012. With his accomplishments and incredible knowledge base, we obviously could not resist working with his own production.

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The story

Intango (pronounced “Inango”) is a small washing station on the edge of Lake Kivu. On a clear day, you can actually see Idjwi Island in the lake on which our Ngula coffee is made. Once part of a cooperative that won the 2014 Rwanda Cup of Excellence, it became run down as the cooperative dissolved. However, in 2018, Gilbert Gatali and his best friend Gervais decided to fulfill their dreams by taking over Intango and running their own specialty coffee washing station.

The washing station works with only 400 supplying farmers, but this gives Gilbert the oversight to make lasting impact for all of them. ‘Intango’ itself is Kinyarwanda for “beginning”: Gilbert’s intention was to create a communal starting point for farmers, staff and community to come together, grow and change their lives positively. Gilbert invests in both quality and environmental sustainability (organic fertilization and shade trees), with a special role for women in managerial positions.

Additional information
Weight N/A
Region

Kibaya, Musasa, Gishyita, Karongi, Rwanda

Altitude

1,500 – 2,000 m.a.s.l.

Variety

Red bourbon

Processing

Fully washed, overnight fermentation, dried on raised beds.

Flavour

Bright yet thick aromas like lavender. Juicy sweetness like pineapple and strawberries. Silky body like hazelnut and black tea.

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