This lovely washed coffee we are proud to roast is from the Musasa Dukunde Kawa cooperative has three washing stations lying high in Rwanda’s rugged northwest. Ruli – the cooperative’s first washing station – was built by the co-op in 2003 with a development loan from the Rwandan government and the support of the USAID-financed PEARL project. Mblima – the cooperative’s second washing station – was built by the co-op in 2005 with profits earned from their first washing station, Ruli, constructed only two years prior. Respectiviely, constructed at 1,999 metres and 2,020 metres above sea level, they are some of Rwanda’s highest washing stations. Most of the small scale producers with whom Musasa Dukunde Kawa works own less than a quarter of a hectare of land, where they cultivate an average of only 250 – 300 coffee trees each as well as other subsistence food crops such as maize and beans. The cooperative gives these small farmers the chance to combine their harvests and process cherries centrally. Before the proliferation of washing stations such as Ruli, the norm in Rwanda was for small farmers to sell semi-processed cherries on to a middleman, and the market was dominated by a single exporter. This commodity-focused system – coupled with declining world prices in the 1990s – brought severe hardship to farmers, some of whom abandoned coffee entirely.
$19.00 – $65.00
Flavour Profile: Sweet Plum Notes High Acidity though great body burnt brown sugar and Dark Chocolate.