04 Feb

Today's host of our Coffee Break segment is Coffee Concept, set up within the restaurant of Eastern Hills Hotel & Spa. Before I grabbed my cup of coffee, I was given a tour of the entire property and marveled at the blend of simplicity and splendor of the accommodation facility that houses the café.

After running errands in Kigali for hours, I decided to drop by and recharge my batteries. As usual, my favorite aromatic beverage is doing the trick. Taking a rejuvenating coffee break offers a moment of respite from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. When the aroma of freshly brewed coffee fills the air, it provides a much-needed boost of energy.

In Rwanda, coffee is an important source of foreign exchange. The iconic product is pumping some cash into the rural economy. In addition, the crop is contributing to the development of entrepreneurship, tourism, investment and the overall socio-economic transformation of the local communities. 

According to the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB), coffee plantations in this small East African country covers an area of 42,000 hectares. About 400,000 families grow coffee for a living, producing up to 420,000 bags (21,000 MT) per year.

Rwandan coffee is gaining recognition in the global market. Back home, the coffee-drinking culture is taking shape. That explains the sprouting up of coffee shops around the country.

As mentioned above, Coffee Concept is nestled in Eastern Hills Hotel & Spa, found on KG 1 Avenue. The said hotel is relatively new, but it is already popular with visitors attracted by its competitive rates and proximity to the Kigali International Airport, Kigali Convention Center and all major business and leisure establishments in the capital of Rwanda.