Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Hey Folks. The Coffee Bicycle made it to Rwandan T.V.! Last Friday the U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda, Michel Arrieti, hosted a specialty coffee breakfast were all the people involved with specialty coffee came to talk about the upcoming year. Tim Schilling, the director of SPREAD, came after the ambassador’s welcome speech to talk about the changes that will be occurring in the specialty coffee sector. The first topic he touched on was the Coffee Bicycle and described the benefits of these cooperatives using this bike. The cameras were running and then the meeting was broadcasted Friday evening on all the news stations, in Kinyarwanda, French and English. The segment included a decent sized commentary on the bicycle with footage. I personally have not seen it, I have not turned on the T.V. to get my Rwanda news yet, but many people have mentioned it to me. I am currently trying to retrieve the segment from Rwandan T.V. So, it is becoming public beyond the Rwandan coffee sector circles where the bicycle is already well known.
Quite exciting. I’ll write sometime soon about an interview I have tomorrow with Celestin, the farmer who rode up the unridable hill.