Sholi was formed in 2008 by a group of 30 women farmers as a way to invigorate their local economy. Located halfway between the Rwandan capital of Kigali and Lake Kivu to the west, Sholi members grow coffee up to 2000 meters above sea level, cultivating traditional Bourbon varietals, and delivering their cherry to nearby collection points throughout the small district of Muhanga. This particular lot was grown by the Sholi Women’s Association, a group of female farmers who organized to share resources, skills, and to advocate for their rights within their communities.


  • For a Chemex for two people, start with 32 grams of medium ground coffee, the texture of coarse table salt. Bloom for 30 seconds with 70 grams of filtered water, just off boil, allowing the coffee to de-gas before we continue pouring. At 30 seconds we begin a slow, circular pour to 500 grams at 2:30. Stir the slurry and allow to draw down, for a total brew time of approximately 3:15.