We are Sim and Julia, a married couple based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Our ties to the coffee we sell run deep. Simeon’s birth country is Rwanda, also known as the Land of a Thousand Hills.

Our name “Thousand Hills Coffee” is inspired by Sim’s birth country name, where he was raised and organically grew coffee with his family before he moved to Canada. Before the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, coffee farming was his family’s main source of income.

Sim understands the process of growing coffee from a single seed to a field of beans that are handpicked, fully washed, and dried, which are the preliminary steps before roasting and brewing.

Julia worked and travelled in East Africa in years past. When we were married, we had Rwandan coffee beans as our wedding favors for our Canadian friends and family. Many people told us afterwards how much they enjoyed the coffee we shared.

The thought of one day selling it as our own business has now become a reality. We hope that through Thousand Hills Coffee we can share with the world the rich taste and enjoyment of Rwandan coffee and at the same time support the local farmers there who work hard daily to bring it to life.