Who's in Jabulani

Jabulani Coffee

The Rwandan single origin coffee has been produced as the result of a partnership between Owens Coffee, Jabo Butera of the Diversity Business Incubator (DBI) in Plymouth and Plymouth’s Jabulani Food Court, run by Liliane Uwimana.

Jabulani is grown in the Gakenke District of Rwanda. The coffee offers sweet notes of cherry, hibiscus and vanilla. We recommend it for both filter and espresso.

Jabulani coffee beans are mainly grown by smallholders who own land less than one hectare per family.

This organic single origin coffee is produced by the Twongerekawa Coko Cooperative, run by a female president who has united a group of over 200 members growing their coffee at unusually high levels (2000m above sea level), so the beans are slowly ripened and full of flavour. 

The Coko Cooperative is a small, mostly female cooperative based in Northern Rwanda and found in the highest areas of the Gakenke District. These females are celebrated community leaders; supporting them supports their communities. 

Owens, Jabo and Liliane have a direct relationship with the Twongerekawa Coko Cooperative. Sales of the beans support initiatives both in Rwanda and in the UK, helping to connect ambassadors from both countries to exchange knowledge, nurture leadership and encourage positive global change.

African Delight

African Delight had started in 2019 as an independent business by Clarise. However, after three years of running the place, she had to close it down as she needed to take care of her son. In 2021, Liliane wanted someone to hire the place in Jabulani and that’s how she met with Clarise.

In January 2022, Clarise hired this space in Jabulani and resumed her business. African Delight is a mix of African, Caribbean and French traditional food. Although Africa is huge, the food is a selection of Congolese and Nigerian. Speciality of African Delight is the Jollof Rice that is made with long grained rice, tomato and bell pepper paste, onion, garlic and an assortment of other spices. The African Donut is yet another dish to look out for. Light and fluffy, it’s made with all purpose flour, sugar, dry yeast and vanilla extract. It’s completely vegan as it doesn’t contain any milk.

The menu has both vegan and non-vegetarian options. Food is prepared fresh and not from frozen. Clarise is supported by Sarrah and they work together to give you the best of African, Caribbean and French food.

Elsie's Habesha Cusine

In 2019, Elsi got nominated the DBI Awards and people present there indecated about her hospitality, recipes and the Eritrean food in general. That was also the time when an English family mentioned that if she is given the opportunity to share her food and culture to the people, that would be a different kind of business in Plymouth.

Elsie’s Habesha Cuisine in the one and only restaurant serving traditional Eritrean/Ethiopian food in the South West. This is something with Elsie feels quite proud and humble at the same time about, about, showing and sharing her culture – and the people showing curiosity in knowing more about it. The idea of starting her restaurant came two years back Jabo Butera was planning to open a multicultural food court and welcomed Elsia to join in.

The uniqueness of Eritrean/Ethiopian cuisine is that it’s a bit different from other African food. ‘Injera’ is the speciality of Habesha Cuisine – made from teff flour, it’s a sourdough flatbread rich in iron and other essential minerals. Elsie had kept a lot of choice for both vegans and non-vegetarians using locally sourced and fresh vegetables and meat. Visitors are even encouraged to ask about the ingredients and why they are included to make the food.

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