Tropic Coffee is a family-owned producer and exporter of outstanding, 100% Arabica Bourbon, single origin, specialty coffee, cupping at 87+. From fully washed, natural, honey, and anaerobic processing from three different regions, we produce a rich and complex variety of coffees. We also have an all-women brand, Umubano, meaning “relationship”.

Sustainability Impact

Over 45% of our 3,000 smallholder farmers are women, and we put a special focus on building their livelihoods and resilience, and ensuring they receive premium rewards. We process our Umubano cherries separately so that it is completely traceable to our women growers.

Our farmers receive fair prices for their specialty coffee, contributing to cooperative savings schemes. 20% of company profits are allocated to our social fund for community activities and health and education programs.

Tropic founders, Divine and Christophe, work directly with youth to help them understand that coffee “done well and done sustainably” can be profitable. Environmental sustainability is at the core of our business; we have built water treatment plants into our washing stations, and established vermicomposting as part of our drive to become sustainable.

Sector / Product / Services
Function Grower, buyer, processor, exporter

Organization Private company

Established 2015

Growers 2,964

Trees 1,581,500

Trees per farm 533

Total area 632 ha

Altitude 1,650–2,200 MSL

Varietals Arabica, Red Bourbon

Harvest February to July


Processing Fully washed, natural, honey, anaerobic/natural

Drying Sun-dried on raised beds

Certifications Organic, Fairtrade, UTZ-certified

Production 2021 100 tons

Goal 2025 288 tons
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Name of contact person

Ms. Divine Mutuyimana and Mr. Christophe Rugira

Contact Email

Phone Number

+250 788 666 146


Coffee Washing Station 1
  • Name
    Kabyinro CWS
  • Location
    Ngororero, Muhororo, Kabyiniro, Western province
  • Altitude
    1,700–1,950 MSL
  • Processing
    Fully washed, naturals
  • Flavour profile
    High sweet, malic and citrus orange acidity, with medium body and distinct fruity finish
  • Cupping
Coffee Washing Station 2
  • Name
    Cyato CWS
  • Location
    Nyamasheke, Cyato, Murambi, Western province
  • Altitude
    1,930–2,200 MSL
  • Processing
    Fully washed, naturals
  • Flavour profile
    High sweet, malic acidity, combined with complex sweet fruity flavour and well-balanced, long finish
  • Cupping
Coffee Washing Station 3
  • Name
    Gisanga CWS
  • Location
    Ruhango, Mbuye, Gisanga, Southern province
  • Altitude
    1,650–1,850 MSL
  • Processing
    Fully washed, naturals
  • Flavour profile
    Medium sweet, with citrus acidity, medium body and fruit flavours with short finish
  • Cupping
Our Mission
To connect the worlds' agriculture supply chains and ensure a value generating network that benefits the business, the consumer, the farmer and everyone in between.
We develop end-to-end traceability solutions specifically designed to serve our customers from the farm gate all the way to end consumers.
Contribution to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

We're a Swiss-based company delivering trusted end-to-end traceability solutions to global supply chains. We empower action in the areas of digitalisation, sustainability and transparency, and deliver solutions to our clients that deliver on their goals and help them overcome operational challenges to traceability.

In 2021 we ran a successful Series A funding round, joined the official platform of the UN Global Compact, and we are actively contributing towards SDG12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG8 (Decent work and economic growth), SDG9 (Industry, innovation & infrastructure and SDG15 (Life on Land).
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About Switch ON
Better digital connectivity for small businesses to trade
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The International Trade Centre (ITC) has launched a new corporate initiative dubbed: Switch ON. Focusing on digital connectivity, ITC calls on partners to prioritize investments in connectivity and on policymakers to create the right conditions for small businesses in developing and transition countries to profit from digital trade and entrepreneurship.

The initiative is integral to ITC's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, which prioritizes digital connectivity as a key enabler to an inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous world.

Switch ON focuses on delivering affordable networks and unlocking access through education and digital literacy. Partnerships with local and international companies play an important role in the initiative’s success.
Our mission
Switch ON’s cross-cutting delivery model combines the expertise of teams across ITC to address three layers.

1. Ecosystem layer: looks at how business support organizations can digitalize their clients and advocate for more affordable connectivity Strategy and policy layer: disseminates evidence-based innovations in policy and thought leadership

2. Enterprise layer: raises the profile of MSMEs to attract investment to new models in connectivity, enabling them to trade digitally
3. Partnerships with local and international companies are expected to play a key role, and will require the contribution of partners beyond those traditionally engaged in "Aid for Trade".

These partners may have a far more specific and technical role in delivering connectivity and infrastructure and services. ITC will ensure that MSMEs receive appropriate attention and support to meet their potential. We welcome discussions on how we can best work together toward this outcome.
Our ambition
- Enable institutions to implement policy and initiatives so MSMEs can access and use the internet;

- Affordable and reliable connectivity, in towns of all sizes;

- Easy, affordable access to online payments;

- Vibrant e-commerce services, including local marketplaces and other service providers;

- Digital entrepreneurialism, built on the development and uptake of local solutions.
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