Best Brewed As:
Espresso, Plunger, Batch Brew, Pour Over
Small producers from Rutsiro District
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The Mushonyi washing station is located in Rwanda’s Rutsiro District near Lake Kivu (at 1,827 m altitude) and collects cherries from 1,213 registered small landowners from the surrounding hills. Many small coffee farms are perched at high altitudes between 1,700 and 2,000 metres above sea level. Most of the 400,000 family farms producing some of the country’s best coffee are so small in size that they are measured by the number of trees instead. The average farm size of growers who supply Mushonyi is 300 trees per grower. Their oldest grower celebrated 98 years this year, the youngest one is just 20.
Rwanda’s history is pierced by extreme violence and poverty. During the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, more than 800,000 people, mostly minority Tutsi, were slaughtered over the course of 100 days by Rwanda’s Hutu majority. Coffee was and still is the country’s most valuable export crop. With the help of organisations such as PEARL and SPREAD, the people are working hard to revitalize its agriculture. We’re excited that with this bean, we can make a contribution to the change in the lives of the farmers for the better.
Mushonyi washing station has 200 raised drying beds. It is equipped with a state of the art Pinhalense eco-pulper with a washer separator, eco-depulper and demuscilager. The machine integrates the flotation process and mechanical mucilage removal. The team recently constructed a cherry sorting shed with 30 m2 of raised table space for additional cherry sorting. We love working with teams that have such an attention to detail and passion – you can taste in every cup of this coffee.