Producer: Rwanda Trading Company Location: Nyamasheke District, Western Province Altitude: 1,700 masl. Cultivar: Red Bourbon Process: Natural Harvest: March - July Flavor profile: Kiwi, mango & marzipan
The Nyungwe Washing Station was acquired in 2014 by our sister company, Rwanda Trading Company. This presents us with some exciting opportunities around our ability to select top quality micro-lot coffees from high altitude communities and even carry out experimental work on processing – perhaps for the creation of honey and natural lots. Since RTC took on Nyungwe, initial investments have been made in a rebuilding much of the washing station infrastructure with the inclusion of a brand new Penagos eco-pulper which uses 80% less water than the previous machines. Nyungwe washing station currently serves some 546 smallholder coffee farmers who grow bourbon at altitudes of between 1,660 and 2,100 masl. Some farmers are located up to 10km from the station and as such 12 collection points have been established in order to reduce transportation difficulties for the growers. This also protects the quality of the freshly picked cherry by reducing the possibility of fermentation before pulping at the station takes place.