A study in steps: coffee

Coffee sacks stairs, Rwanda Trading Company:enclos*ureThis is a little stairway to heaven for me.

Coffee sacks stairs, Rwanda Trading Company:enclos*ureYesterday, I joined a group visiting the Kigali processing plant of the Rwanda Trading Company, an American-owned coffee exporter.

The company handles about 20% of Rwanda’s coffee.

Parchment coffee, Rwanda Trading Company:enclos*ureThe sacks are full of “parchment” coffee — dried, but unhulled beans.

In the U.S., you can buy Rwanda Trading Company’s coffee at Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club or online here.

. . . Coffee steam rises in a stream, clouds the silver tea-service with mist, and twists up into the sunlight, revolved, involuted, suspiring higher and higher, fluting in a thin spiral up the high blue sky. A crow flies by and croaks at the coffee steam. The day is new and fair with good smells in the air.

— Amy Lowell, from “Spring Day

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