Starbucks has announced that it will open a regional farmer support center in Rwanda, as part of expanding its commitments to the east African coffee community.
Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda, said: "We are very excited to have a regional Starbucks farmer support center here in Rwanda. We look forward to working with Starbucks to offer additional support to the coffee farming community here and in the neighboring countries. This center will offer many new opportunities to enhance our methods and produce even greater volumes of our high quality specialty coffees."
Howard Schultz, chairman of Starbucks, said: "We are honored to have the opportunity to participate in the further development of coffee farming practices in Rwanda and east Africa in general. The fine coffees grown here are cherished by people around the world, and Starbucks is extremely pleased both to support the farming community and to share these delightful coffees with people across the globe through our nearly 15,000 stores."