We went to the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation for our Admin retreat in June and it was a blast!  A girl on our staff has a contact there and we were able to get a great deal, which was awesome for our study on customer service.  They have pretty much the best customer service in the world!  Here is a shot of my roommate, Rachael, and me in our room!

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee

I got a little shout out in this month’s newsletter from Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee and I thought that was pretty cool!  It also made me realize that I have never posted anything about this amazing company and their ministry in Rwanda.  Check out this newsletter and if you need coffee for any events, order from these guys!  Not only do they have an incredible ministry, they have good prices and are very dependable.


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6 questions
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The Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co.

Dear Coffee Lover,

Last week my friend Kelly from Northpoint Community Church stopped by to visit us at the Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee House.  Kelly has been ordering Rwandan Coffee for Northpoint for over 2 years but mentioned she had only just found out that Land of a Thousand Hills funded micro-finance loans for widows in Rwanda from sales of bags of our coffee. 

My conversation with Kelly inspired me this month to answer a few of our most commonly asked questions to help YOU inspire others to Drink Coffee. Do Good. 



Beans in cooling tray“How good is Rwandan Coffee anyway?” 

Rwanda now only grows Arabica Bourbon Coffee, the finest in the world. Rwandans use all natural growing and processing techiniques, ensuring every bean exported has been individually selected by hand!  Once in the USA we roast every batch in small quantities, fresh to order, providing a coffee of the highest quality.  

Check out this following review for our coffee on and read for yourself.



PeggyIs Land of a Thousand Hills – Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is an organization set up to ensure coffee importers pay at least$1.26 per pound, a fair and decent price when buying from developing countries. Land of a Thousand Hills occasionally buys some Fair Trade coffees but the growers we support in Rwanda are now paid above and beyond Fair Trade prices, an average of $1.86 per pound

Justice is the first of our Sacred Grounds and just 7 years ago many of the growers we now work with made as little as $0.40 per pound for their coffee.  To ensure growers earn a proper Living Wage we work directly with coffee cooperatives, communities made up of independent farmers that are paid a premium based on the quality of their crop and their commitment to excellence. The more unique the coffee, the higher the price! 

By paying growers a Living Wage based on quality not charity, the growers earn the dignity and self respect that comes from providing for their own. Families can afford healthcare, insurance and pay for the eduction of their own childrens. 

We believe quality = sustainability and vice-versa.



PeggyIs the Coffee Organic?

Land of a Thousand Hills only buys naturally grown coffees. Rwandan Growers understand that to receive a premium price for their raw beans, the coffee must be grown all naturally. Unfortunately it is unlikely that Rwandan Coffee will ever receive “organic certification.” The high price of this certification is often ten times more than a coffee farmer can make in 1 year.


PeggyWho are Inyakurama and why do they receive loans?”

Inyakurama is a bible study group in Rwanda made up of women and orphans of the genocide.  The group is an outreach to the local community, providing a safe environment for women of all ethnic backgrounds and faiths to come together and hear Christ’s teachings.  

Members that have an approved business plan are granted small Micro-finance loans to either start a small business or help build an existing one.  Entrepreneurship is one of Land of a Thousand Hills four Sacred Grounds, and an opportunity for us to bless people without land to grow coffee with the gist of work.

The Peace Baskets we sell at Land of a Thousand Hills are all made by women of Inyakurama. They are not only a symbol of reconciliation, but an example of the beauty of micro finance.


Jonathan and BukonyaHow does Land of a Thousand Hills share the Gospel?

The underlying goal behind Land of a Thousand Hills is to provide Christians with the opportunity to combine both their work and their faith with the simple and tangible act of drinking very good coffee.  Similarly, as part of your outreach we encourage you to use the story of Rwanda as an example of how a country that experienced the most devastating genocide in history is continuing to unite, and unite under Christ.  Coffee has played a significant role in the reconciliation of Rwanda, and provided an uncommon platform for Rwandan genocide perpetrators and survivors to hear the Gospel.  

Like the facility we have built in rural Bukonya, farmers that form cooperatives collectively use Wash Stations to transform their cherries into beans. Rwandans are openly evangelical and Wash Stations have become uncommon gathering points that provide Pastors, Christian growers and mission teams the opportunity to share the Gospel in unique and unthreatening environments. Over 16% of Rwandans are involved with Specialty Coffee, Wash Stations both provide an opportunity for coffee growers to work towards the goal of financial stability, but a chance for Hutu and Tutsi to work together and hear how God intended them to do so.



How can I encourage others to 
Drink Coffee. Do Good?

Simple: talk with your friends, talk with your church, brew Rwandan Coffee at work.  Start a monthly Coffee Ministry at church by purchasing a Ministry Kit  and start drinking Rwandan Coffee on Sundays as well as inviting others to drink it at home.  

If you drink good coffee, why not drink a coffee that allows you to combine your faith with your daily routine.  If your church brews coffee, brew a quality coffee that matches the message of your church. Hospitality teams love to share the story of Land of a Thousand Hills with newcomers!

Most importantly, call us. We’d love to hear from you. We met so many of you at Winter Conference, Catalyst and Orange. For those of you that haven’t already made the switch toDRINKING COFFEE. DOING GOOD. we are still praying for your support and for you to call.


In This Issue
How Good is Rwandan Coffee anyway?
Are you Fair Trade?
Organic vs. Naturally Grown
The Widow Loan Program
Sharing the Gospel
Ministry Kits

Buy Coffee

CLICK HERE to visit our website and learn how to both buy coffee online, or over the phone.

Got more questions? Need More answers?

Please call us! Overly caffeinated, highly motived people with a huge heart for Rwanda and a passion for coffee (i.e. me, Erin Leigh and Ashley the intern) eagerly await your call!

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Robert Crow

Relationship Director

Machu Picchu

Hiking this thing is one of my new goals!  I think I might need to put it on the list for 2009.  Check this beauty out!


Who’s wants to do this with me?


4 days and 3 nights



DURATION: 4 days / 3 nights.
SEASON: From January / to December 2008
RETURN : Back Packer Train
Note: return in Vista dome available for an additional of US$30 per person



A spectacular early morning drive through the Sacred Valley of the Incas takes us to our trailhead at Km. 82 of the Machu Picchu railroad. After getting acquainted with our trail crew we set out, crossing a footbridge to hike a gentle two hours down the Urubamba canyon, and then visit imposing sculpted Inca farming terraces and the settlement of Llaqtapata on the banks of the Cusichaca side river. We then climb a short way up the Cusichaca valley to Wayllabamba, the last inhabited village on the trail, where we camp.

We climb the steep-sided Llullucha valley past a rushing stream and through enchanted native polylepis woodland. Crossing the rim of a small plateau, we abruptly find ourselves in the puna, the treeless grasslands of the high Andes. The trail traverses an open slope opposite mighty mountain crags as we ascend to the first and highest pass, Warmiwañusca (4,200m/13,776ft).
Here we encounter spectacular views of the trail ahead to the second pass, and look back to the sweeping snowpeaks and valleys of the Huayanay massif.
The trail to the floor of the forested Pakasmayu valley, where we make camp.

We pick up an Inca stairway and ascend again past the small Inca site of Runkuracay. As we reach the second pass, the landscape opens onto spectacular new views to the snowpeaks of the Pumasillo range. We descend to the ruins of Sayacmarca (Inaccessible Town), an intricate labyrinth of houses, plazas and water channels, perched precariously on a rocky spur overlooking the Aobamba valley. The Inca trail, now a massive buttressed structure of granite paving stones, continues along the steep upper fringes of the cloud forest through a colorful riot of orchids, bromeliads, mosses and ferns. At the third pass pinnacles topped with Inca viewing platforms overlook the archaeological complex of Phuyupatamarca (Cloud-level Town).
Pausing to explore the wondrous maze of Inca stone towers, fountains and stairways that spillins down the mountainside here, we begin a long descent through ever-changing layers of cloud forest. An Inca stairway partly cut from living granite leads us finally to our camp by the ruins of Wiñay Wayna (Forever Young), the largest and most exquisite of the Inca Trail sites.

An early morning hike takes us across a steep mountainside through lush, humid cloud-forest of giant ferns and broad-leaf vegetation. Suddenly we cross the stone threshold of Intipunku (Sun Gate) and encounter an unforgettable sweep of natural beauty and human artistry -a backdrop of twisting gorge and forested peaks framing the magical city of Machu Picchu.
We complete the final leg down the royal flagstone walkway, past outlying shrines and buildings and into the heart of Machu Picchu, where we spend the rest of the morning with a guided tour of the highlights and some individual exploring among Machu Picchu’s multitude of hidden nooks and corners. In the early afternoon a bus takes us to the small town of Aguas Calientes, where we board our return train to Cusco.

SERVICE INCLUDED: Transportation to the Km. 82,bilingual guide, cook, meals during the tour , entrance fee to Machu Picchu Sanctuary. Return train ticket to Cusco Back Packer, porters to carry the camping equipment, bus from Machupicchu to Aguas Calientes town First aid kit, tents.

Excess baggage charges,
Sleeping bag,
gratuities to the guide
*sleeping bag rental US $30.00 per person for the 4 days available upon request 
*extra porter for your personal items: Available for US$105 for 16 pounds for the 4days 3nights
Both additional services has to be pay in full when booking your Inca trail 

– Use boots during treks and sneakers during long walks.
– Drinking lots of liquids on long excursions, specially during the Inka Trail
– Always taking an umbrella or rainwear.

-Personal sleeping bag
-Warm Jacket or Sweater
-RainGear (from nov to april)
-T-shirt , short, long pants.
-Back pack, trekking shoes, sandals
-Sun Hat , wool hat , sun glasses
-Water bottle,flash light, hat
-Personal clothing for trek
-Insect repellent – Suncream
-Personal medication
-Water Purification Tablets.
-Toilet paper,
-Extra US$50 changed in soles for any emergency and for tipping the porters, use the hot shower on day 3 – 2 soles and for luch on day 4

10 Things- Update!

10 Things I Want To Do In Atlanta In 2008

1. Have a picnic at Piedmont Park
2. Hike Stone Mountain- DONE! (With Ashley on 05.31.08)
3. Eat at Taqueria Del Sol (according to Food Network they have the 3rd best taco in America…pretty impressive)- DONE! (With my Dad…I forget the date)
4. Ride the elevator to the top of the Westin downtown
5. See a movie at the Fox- DONE! (with Jen and Ella on 07.13.08.  We saw Enchanted!)
6. Eat at One Midtown Kitchen (I hear it’s the place to go!)
7. Go see a movie at the Starlight Six Drive In
8. Go to Oakland Cemetery and find Margaret Mitchell’s grave and then go across the street to Six Feet Under and toast her memory (thanks Creative Loafing!)
9. Go to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
10. Eat at the big chicken

A Little Update

I don’t have internet at my apartment and that has significantly slowed down my blogging!  It has, however, increased the amount of books that I read, which is pretty cool.  So there have been a few things going on that I thought I would update about!  Nothing big, but I have pictures, so that is always fun!

Two weeks ago we had our admin retreat and on the way home we saw this driving down the road:

Yes, that’s right, it’s a van decorated as a train. I have no idea why, but I had never seen one before and so it made it’s way to the blog.  I don’t know how good they are on gas, but if you are interested in one I’m sure you could zoom in on the picture and get the number.  

On Monday Ruth and I went out to dinner for her birthday.  We actually were supposed to go to her softball game first, but it got rained out.  Ruth, however, was in rare form that night and we were laughing so hard at one point we were crying!  Some great quotes came from that night…some that can’t be shared publicly, but trust me, they were funny!  On the way back we passed Krispy Kreme and the hot now light was on.  Ruth had said to me several times that night that she had given up fried foods, so as I joke I suggested that we go.  She said no.  But I said, how often do we pass Krispy Kreme with the hot light on?  Let’s just say it didn’t take much convincing!

Yes, that last picture is Ruth catching water in her hat!

And here is Chapel tonight at Bruesters:

And my last update is that I signed up for a triathlon with a bunch of friends from work.  I wasn’t going to do it, because I really hate swimming, but I felt a lot of peer pressure so I caved.  It’s on August 23.  Even though I am dreading it, I am also kind of excited about it!  More updates to come!