Intore coffee is composed of coffee from 65 washing stations and some 80,000 coffee farmers spread across Rwanda. The coffee comes from 11 different co-operatives spread across the country. The co-operatives are Gasange, Nasho and Muhura in the East, Mayogi in the North, Gitesi in the West, and Mukindo, Mayaga, Kirezi, Kigembe, Karama & Izere in the South. Some of the washing stations are owned by RTC and the rest are financed to work exclusively with RTC. The washing station are buying cherries from the farmers around them and processing them into dry parchment before delivering to RTC’s dry mill in Kigali.
The Intore coffee is a specially chosen coffees blended to specialty standards. The blend amplifies the balance and flavours of Rwanda’s finest coffees and allows for a consistent product year after year. Intore coffee is produced by smallholder farmers, most of whom have few than 200 coffee trees. Many small farmers in RTC’s supply chain have access to agronomy training to teach them how to grow the highest quality and increase productivity, a program expected to expand across the whole country.
The word Intore means ‘the chosen ones’ and often refers to the Intore dance troupe that showcases the finest exponent of Rwanda’s varied and dynamic musical and dance styles.