Epiphanie Nakabonye, 41, resident of Byimana Cell, Karenge Sector in Rwamagana District, has been producing coffee yet she does not know how it tastes.
And despite having adopted her parents’ trade at the age of 18, Nakabonye confessed that she has never tasted coffee, TNT broke the story
“I have never drunk coffee probably because we never had the skills to prepare coffee for home consumption,” she says.
Nakabonye, who has 350 coffee trees that produce an average of 660 kilograms every season, is among many farmers in rural Rwanda that depend on the cash crop for a living and yet have never or rarely drink coffee themselves.
According to official statistics, only 3 per cent of Rwandans drink coffee, and nearly if not all of them are in urban areas.
Meanwhile, National Agricultural Exports Board (NAEB) had organised a campaign aimed at encouraging farmers to drink coffee.
Similar campaigns were carried out in previous weeks in Nyamagabe and Nyanza districts in Southern Province.
Last year NAEB organised an event to teach farmers how to make coffee at their homes.
However, according to Nakabonye, “it’s a difficult process and most farmers can’t do it themsleves.”
The issue is compounded by the lack of coffee shops in the countryside.
“We do not have anywhere to buy processed coffee,” she said.