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Huye Mountain Coffee

Huye, Rwanda
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DaveK wrote a review Feb 2020
Manchester35 contributions4 helpful votes
Our daughter who is currently working for the VSO in Huye recommended the tour. We met up with the enthusiastic Mr.Coffee aka Aloys and his assistants Eric and Olive. Mr Coffee told us about the history of coffee & Huye Mountain Coffee (HMC) prior to walking up to the plantation. Near the top we stopped for the freshly made roasted coffee made by Eric before we got to the top of the mountain which gave you impressive views of the surrounding area. We found the tour very informative and definitely worth a visit if you are travelling from Kigali to Nyungwe Forest.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Rupert B wrote a review Mar 2019
London, United Kingdom8 contributions1 helpful vote
Mr. Coffee, the guide, was extremely accommodating when I arrived on Saturday having accidentally emailed to say I would arrive on Sunday. He was just about to clock off work but instead gave me the 2 hour tour on my own. Cost was $30. First you get on the back of his motorbike to ride 10 minutes up into the coffee plantation in the hills. I learned all about growing conditions, strains of coffee, pests & threats. There is some quite strenuous walking up the steep hillside - I am very fit but was breathing heavily by the time we reached the top. Then we roasted some beans the traditional way over an open fire - these were later bagged up for me to take home. Next you hope back on the moto and ride 5 minutes to the processing plant where he explains how the bewildering array of Columbian machinery processes and sorts the beans. Then it was a 5 minute ride back to the start and a second cup of coffee is served to finish the tour. Then you can buy roasted, packaged beans if you wish. The price is extremely low so this would be a good opportunity to stock up. Mr. Coffee had excellent English and spoke with great knowledge. He was very engaging and I learned a huge amount about coffee - it is a serious tour! 5 stars.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Joanne K wrote a review Oct 2018
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The tour was very enjoyable and very informative. I've been on a few coffee tours over the years and this was definitely the best I've experienced. Our guide Aloys was very hospitable and is very knowledgable, as well as having a great sense of humour and dance moves too. I especially enjoyed the hike and roasting coffee using traditional materials out on the mountain. To top off an excellent tour you also get two free cups of coffee and coffee packets as souvenirs. Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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VivaciousNewcastle wrote a review Jul 2018
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates38 contributions25 helpful votes
We had a really interesting tour with Aloys who is very knowledgeable and passionate about coffee. He was able to answer our many questions and gave us a great idea of the local coffee market and production. Toilets are clean and we had lots of chances to sample the produce. His communication via messenger was excellent while booking. Highly recommend to any coffee lovers.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Scullyster wrote a review Jul 2018
Sulphur Springs, Texas255 contributions134 helpful votes
What a fun tour! We began at 9 a.m. with a delicious cup of fresh-brewed coffee on the patio. From there, we proceeded to the office/lounge to pay for our tour. Then Mr. Coffee (a/k/a Aloyise) told us about the history of coffee & Huye Mountain Coffee (HMC). He offered us handsome hiking sticks, which I was later glad to have. Then we started our hike, which at first was easy. We passed homes & people, some walking but most working, before starting our ascent up the mountain. We stopped at various points for Mr. Coffee to identify plants and teach us about coffee. Because the harvest was months ago, there were few berries on the coffee trees, but enough for us to taste the juice and chew on some beans. After hiking for some time, the ascent got steeper. We reached an area shaded by a large Acacia tree with stools & a small but blazing fire on which sat a small black cauldron. Mr. Coffee opened his backpack & took out a laptop & speakers to play pleasant Rwandan pop music, while we roasted green coffee beans that he had brought. We took turns stirring them in the pot with a long wooden stick. Then, Mr. Coffee removed the pot & poured the roasted beans onto a woven fiber plate for cooling. We then packed up & continued our ascent, which got steeper & steeper, until we took a break on a rock ledge to listen to a story of a Rwandan battle in this area in the 1400s. From there, the ascent got even steeper until we reached the top of the mountain, where there were benches surrounding a giant urn with a coffee plant inside. We had 360 degree views of the surrounding mountains, farms & roads. Our descent was easier. We passed through a grove of eucalyptus trees and a small village, eventually arriving at the coffee drying facility, where Mr. Coffee explained the washing & drying process. Finally, he took out the coffee beans that we had roasted over the fire, & he ground & packaged them in a cute bag for us. We then walked back to the office/lounge, where we sampled another cup of piping hot coffee and were given a complementary bag of coffee. The coffee was so good that I bought another bag. Our entire tour took about 5 hours. The price is $30 (26,000 francs) or $25 (21,000 francs) for residents. To get to HMC from the Huye Bus Station, we took a taxi for 5,000 francs. To return, Mr. Coffee called a taxi to come pick us up. There are clean bathroom facilities. I recommend you wear hiking boots or gym shoes. I wore TEVA sandals, which worked ok but sometimes I got pebbles in them & my feet got dirty. The only animals we saw were some tiny birds & one large grasshopper. The gift shop only has coffee. I wish that they also sold hats & T-shirts with the HMC logo. Our guide, Mr. Coffee, couldn't have been better. He is charming, fun & knowledgeable. He speaks 4 languages: French, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda & English, which he taught himself from watching English language movies with subtitles. I've been on coffee tours before, but this was by far the best - thanks to Mr. Coffee & the fabulous hike.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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