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RWANDA - Ruli filter

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Balanced, rounded, clean and sweet.


This coffee comes from the Ruli 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 1,960 metres above sea level.

Ruli is Dukunde Kawa’s first and biggest washing station. Approximately 814 cooperative members deliver coffee cherries to this washing station, which employs 155 people during the harvest from the surrounding villages.

Dukunde Kawa owns three washing stations (in addition to Ruli they own two smaller washing stations called Nkara and Mbilima) and have just over 1,100 contributing members, of whom 20% are female farmers.



The team at Dukunde Kawa takes a huge amount of care in processing its coffee. All members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative are trained to only select the very ripest coffee cherries from their trees.

  • During the harvest, cherries are delivered daily to the washing station via foot, bicycle or driven by truck from a local pick-up point. On delivery the cherries are inspected and sorted to ensure only the very ripest cherries are processed. They are then sorted by weight (and any floaters removed) and pulped on the same day— almost always in the evening—using a mechanical pulper that divides the beans into three grades by weight (the heaviest—or A1—usually being the best).
  • After pulping, the coffee is fermented overnight for around 12–18 hours and then graded again using floatation channels that sort the coffee by weight. The beans are then soaked for a further 24 hours, before being moved to raised screens for ‘wet-sorting’ by hand.
  • As with most washing stations in Rwanda, women do the majority of hand-sorting. This takes place in two stages—on the covered pre-drying tables and on the drying tables. Washed beans are moved from the wet fermentation tanks onto the pre-drying tables, where they are intensively sorted under shade for around six hours. The idea is that greens (unripes) are still visible when the beans are damp, while the roofs over the tables protect the beans from the direct sunlight.
  • Next, the beans are moved onto the washing station’s extensive raised drying tables (‘African Beds’) for around two weeks, where they are sorted again for defects, turned regularly and protected from rain and the midday sun by covers, ensuring both even drying and the removal of any damaged or defective beans. During this period the coffee is also turned several times a day by hand to ensure the coffee dries evenly and consistently.
  • After reaching 11% humidity, the coffee is then stored in parchment in Mblima’s purpose-built warehouse prior to final dry-milling and hand sorting at the Cooperative’s brand new dry mill at the Ruli washing station.


Variety Red Bourbon
Process Fully washed
Altitude 1,960 metres above sea level

Rushashi District, Northern Province.

Producer 814 of the 1,184 Duykunde Kawa Cooperatiuve member.

Our policy lasts 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange.

If you are unhappy with your purchase for any reason, you must contact us either by email info@loadedroasters.com.au or telephone (08) 6262 2587 within 30 days of purchase. If we are satisfied with your explanation, we will either issue you a refund or a replacement.

To be eligible for a return, your item/s must have been purchased from our online store or direct from our warehouse at Unit 3/2 Loch Street Nedlands, WA.

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