250 g 3.350,- HUF
Farm: Coocamu Musasa Cooperatives
Altitude: 1400-1600 masl
Tasting notes: apple, cane sugar, lemon meringue pie, tangerine
Coffee is commonly grown by smallholders who heavily rely on communal collection points for the cherry to be transported quickly and efficiently to the local washing station. Infrastructure therefore plays a large part in the effectiveness of this. There are two wet and dry seasons in the country, with good quality coffee available over a large harvest season, though the recent changes in rainfall patterns caused by climate change have led to flooding and landslides, causing the closure of roads and destruction of bridges. Temperatures are lower than expected for an equatorial country due to the high elevation, and this is more noticeable in the Northern and Western Provinces over the lower lying east.
The washing station belongs to the Cooperative, which is formed of 368 members that contribute cherry under the watchful eye of Ms. Dusabe Maria Odette. Processing here is the same as most of the country in that it goes through an initial fermentation stage before being cleaned and refermented in bright blue painted tanks, here that is over a 36-hour period. Beans are then dried on raised beds before being stored in a secured warehouse – eliminating the problem of theft that has traditionally been an issue. Dry milling is conducted at the NAEB facilities in Kigali before being bagged for export.