Rwandan coffee used to make beer
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CTA. 2005. Rwandan coffee used to make beer. Spore 119. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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A London brewery has started producing beer brewed from Rwandan coffee beans. The beer, which has a 4% alcohol content, is targeted at adult drinkers as a cappuccino drink or digestif...
A London brewery has started producing beer brewed from Rwandan coffee beans. The beer, which has a 4% alcohol content, is targeted at adult drinkers as a cappuccino drink or digestif. Meantime the Brewery uses fair trade Arabica coffee beans grown by the Abuhuzamugambi Cooperative in Butare Province. Brewery owner Alastair Hook also tried beans from other coffee-producing countries before settling on Rwandan coffee for his unusual brew. The brewer blind-tested coffee from Brazil and Colombia, but was not convinced that their taste was right for his coffee beer. It was not until he tried the chocolate and vanilla flavour of the Rwandan coffee that he found the silky, velvety character that he wanted. Coffee is one of Rwanda s major exports, but the brewer was anxious to buy from a fair trade source, so his next task was to track down a suitable supplier in Rwanda. We are the only producer of coffee beer in the British Isles... We are the only producer of fair trade beer that I know of, he said. Mr Hook s hunch that the marriage of beer and coffee would be a winner appears to have paid off. The British company is already selling healthy volumes through UK supermarket chain Sainsbury s. The beer is also selling well in pubs, bars and restaurants.