Specialty coffee


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.

Taste nature



On the other hand, the farmer has to do a lot of extra (manual) labor to produce, process and monitor the process to produce specialty coffee.

Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills in East Africa, has the right climate and altitude to produce delicious coffee. Moreover, Bèkske arabica beans do not only come from one country, but also from one region, namely the south of Rwanda. This makes the Bèkske a single origin coffee.

Our Bèkske arabica bourbon beans grow on the hills of Nyamurinda and its surroundings with an altitude of 1800-2000 meters. The area is known to have the best quality coffee compared to other areas in Rwanda because of the very fertile volcanic soil. Ons Bèkske scores at least 85 out of 100 points (and thus falls into the category of ‘excellent’ within specialty coffees). The coffee is best described as soft/sweet in taste with a mix of honey, chocolate, vanilla, fruit and flowers.

In the center of the coffeebelt



Single origin

Bèkske coffee respects the nature of the beans by not blending them. As with wine, the taste and quality varies from region to region. This is partly due to the altitude where the beans grows, from 1500 metres above sea level. That’s why Bèkske coffee holds 100% Rwandan Arabica beans.

Best quality

Unlike the arabica bean, the robusta bean also grows in lower areas. Due to its more robust resilience, it contains a firmer flavour. The arabica allows you to taste the more subtle character of the higher, highly fertile and, in our case, volcanic soils on which it grows.

Rwanda, center of the coffeebelt

There are only a few regions where coffee beans grow. Some preconditions are the altitude, temperature and humidity. And situated round the equator, these regions are known as the coffee belt, which Rwanda is right in the middle of!

At a glance

The hand-picked arabica coffee cherries grow from a minimum altitude of 1200 meters. Only the red ripe berries grow into the best green coffee beans and therefore carefully selected. These green beans are inspected for their smell, aroma and taste, after which they are collected in bales for transport to the Netherlands. 

From bean to cup