A sweet and fruity cup with mandarin acidity. Notes of apricot, green apple, maple syrup and a lingering sugarcane finish.
This coffee comes from the Mbilima washing station which is owned by the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative. The washing station is located in the rugged Northwest in the town of Musasa, at around 2,020 metres above sea level, making it one of Rwanda’s highest washing stations. Close to the famous Virunga (Volcanoes) National Park, this part of the world has the mineral-rich soil and lush environment that are well-suited to specialty coffee.
By Rwandan standards, the Mbilima washing station is quite small, representing only 270 local producers in the area. Four permanent staff and 92 seasonal workers are employed by the washing station—of whom 95% are women. Quality control and day to day operations are overseen by Jon Bosco Habimana, who has been the Wet Mill Manager since 2012.
Dukunde Kawa now owns three washing stations. In addition to Mbilima, they own another small washing station called Nkara, and a larger washing station, built in 2003, called Ruli. The cooperative has nearly 2,000 contributing members, of whom 20% are female farmers. Mbilima was built in 2005, using the profits earned from their first washing station, Ruli.
|Altitude||2,020 metres above sea level|
Rushashi district, Northern Province.
|Producer||Multiple Dukunde Kawa Co-op members|
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