Belfast Telegraph

Rwandans to enjoy Belfast brew

By Brenna Walsh

Tea lovers in Rwanda’s capital city Kigali will be able to enjoy the taste of Belfast, thanks to a new business deal.

Suki tea, based at Twin Spires in west Belfast, is supplying a range of loose leaf teas to the Bourbon Café outlets, a popular stop for tourists visiting the Volcanoes National Park in the country.

The deal to supply Suki’s Belfast Brew came from the company’s relationship with the David Williamson Rwanda Foundation, a charity that is helping to develop job opportunities for people in one of Africa’s poorest nations.

The charity was formed in memory of the late David Williamson who was managing director of Glasgow coffee merchants Matthew Algie. He helped set up Bourbon Cafés as an outlet for Rwanda’s small coffee growers.

Commenting on the deal Suki Tea director, Oscar Woolley, said: “David Williamson is an inspirational figure to us. I certainly drew great inspiration from his commitment to and knowledge of the tea business.

“I was privileged to know him and to share his interest in quality tea in particular,” he said.

“Securing business with the Bourbon Cafes in Kigali is a great endorsement of our range of premium teas.

“Rwanda is certainly our most remote export market to date.”

Belfast Telegraph