As countries begin to reopen after months of coronavirus lockdown, Rwanda is pressing on with its May coffee harvest.
Rwanda, which supplied 21,000 tons of coffee to the global market in 2019, is about the world’s 30th top coffee supplier. It is known, proudly, for the quality of its beans, not the quantity.
After two decades of targeted investment by industry leaders, Rwandan coffee – once sold primarily in supermarket blends – is now available at Starbucks and upscale cafes alike.
But with coffee shops closing worldwide, the coronavirus crisis is testing Rwanda’s top export.