Rwandan coffee belongs to the category of specialty coffee.
The quality standards for qualifying as “specialty coffee” were developed by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), but only 5% of the world’s export coffees can meet these standards. Het Bèkske – with a score of around 87 – effortlessly qualifies to achieve the minimum of 80 out of 100 points. Within the specialty coffees there are even three categories: 80-84.99 (very good); 85-89.99 (excellent); and 90-100 (outstanding). The coffee is evaluated on 11 different points by means of a so-called cupping test. During this coffee tasting, the coffee is assessed on aroma, aftertaste, sweetness, taste experience and balance, among other things.
And that’s not surprising: Rwandan coffee has been regularly named one of the best coffees in the world because of its exceptionally good quality. The high government standards and strict controls in Rwanda, from berry to bean, closely guard this. For this reason, specialty coffee commands a considerably higher price compared to other coffees. On the one hand, this is due to the unique taste characteristics that come from the right altitude, location, soil and climate.