The Collector

(2 customer reviews)

From: $18.00 / month


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Have you ever wondered what award winning coffees from international coffee competitions tasted like?  Have you ever tasted microlots that cupped at 90+ points? Are you looking for rare or unique coffees? We seek out only the best of the best for our Collector coffee subscription.

  • Coffee subscription billed monthly
  • Our most complex and nuanced beans
  • Smallest lot sizes
  • Most variety
  • Sourced Globally
  • Highest quality, award winning, 90+ points, or otherwise rare/unique coffee
  • Coffees purchased up to 500% over index
  • Lightest roasts ranging from City through City+ with the occasional Full City roast*
  • Free Modest Coffee tin to keep those beans fresh for new subscription customers

*We roast our beans to preserve and compliment the flavors of origin. There will always be a bit of variety in our roasts in our continuing attempt to express the best that each bean has to offer.

“How many bags will I need per month?” you might be asking yourself. By our calculations, one person who drinks one cup per day will go through about two bags per month.

Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Current Coffee


Twongere Kawa Coko may be a very small cooperative, but in Rwanda, describing anything as “small” is missing the point. Rwanda roared to international buyer attention in the late aughts thanks to one of East Africa’s most successful coffee interventions, the Partnership for Enhancing Agriculture in Rwanda Through Linkages (PEARL). PEARL, a sweeping infrastructure and education investment that vastly increased processing hygiene and organized disparate smallholders into businesses capable of specialty partnerships, took the legacy bourbon genetics buried in abandon and polished them anew to the amazement of coffee drinkers everywhere. In the past decade, Rwanda, one of the most rapidly modernizing countries on the continent, has built steadily on top of these first coffees, and we have an awe-inspiring reference for how snappy, mouth-watering, and kaleidoscopic the bourbon lineage can be. Cooperatives from the Northern province, like Twongere Kawa Coko, are beloved for their acid-forward cup profiles, reminiscent more of the smaller coops in the Southern province than the jammier profiles of the West. Not only is this a lesser-known and lesser-traveled as a region for buyers, this cooperative is also certified organic—extremely rare for Rwanda, a still-young specialty market where means and access to organic inputs and chains of custody are still very rare.

The cooperative’s President, Thérèse Nyrangwabije, is very proud to say that it has to represent a community with a majority of female members. There have been impressive improvements in infrastructure over recent the past years, including a new office and parchment store. The old coffee store is now being used for women’s handicraft and sewing classes to help women earn an extra income outside the coffee season. In her own words, “I set up the cooperative to help local women, and even today, we have a majority of female members here. In Rwanda, it’s the women who are most involved in their households – so when you help them, you help their whole family. It makes me very proud to be one of the few female cooperative presidents, but it’s also something I’d like to see change in the future. During my working life, I’ve defied expectations to earn the trust and respect of my colleagues and the community, so that’s something I’d like to see happen for the women of the cooperative, too.” 


Region: Coko, Gakenke District, Rwanda
Altitude: 1800 – 2200 MASL
Harvest: February – August

Twongere Kawa Coko Cooperative


Fully washed

FLAVOR Pink grapefruit, prune, syrupy, milk chocolate
BODY Light

Light – City

2 reviews for The Collector

  1. Maria Zaborina (verified owner)

    I first tried Modest coffee (the Collector) at the Farmers Market in Naperville and just loved the taste. So excited that I can continue to enjoy it in the fall and winter months as well! Great taste and flavor with mild citrusy undertones!

  2. Suzanne Kolars (verified owner)

    This coffee is so delicious, hot and cold! When I received the first bag, I noticed the roast date was only a few days before! I have never had coffee so fresh! I grind it and brew it in a french press. I make it extra strong and keep the brewed coffee in the refrigerator. I use this extra strong coffee to make lattes and iced coffees.I have never tasted coffee with a flavor so tasty and fresh. I want to drink it all day.

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