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Rwanda - Organic - Mbizi Washing Station - Africa

Rwanda - Organic - Mbizi Washing Station - Africa

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Meandering through the highlands of Rwanda’s southern province, the Nyabarongo river is the longest river in Rwanda. In the sand and clay hills above the river’s journey through the Kamonyi district are small coffee farms at 1800-2200 meters and the Mbizi coffee washing station. This fully washed organic coffee goes through multiple quality sorts before drying on raised beds for 2-3 weeks depending on the weather.

Cupping Notes: Toffee, tart cherry, green tea.

• Growing Altitude: 1,800 meters above sea level

• Variety: Red Bourbon

• Process: Washed

• Region: Kamonyi District

The commercialization of coffee came about gradually in Rwanda and coffee was always produced on smallholder farms.

Independence brought some improvement to the coffee infrastructure as the government established more modern and centralizing processing. But this meant the government set the price they would pay for coffee and farmers had no other options. There was no focus on quality because there was no incentive whatsoever. Despite much of the coffee being Bourbon, there was no sorting or grading so all the coffee was commercial grade. Rwanda exported 642,000 bags of coffee in 1993 and 447,000 in 1994.

Today, Rwanda exports only 43% of what it did in 1993, but current exports represent much greater value because for the last 20 years the focus has been on quality rather than quantity.

Rwanda’s ideal growing conditions are no longer wasted on poor processing. New washing stations have opened in all coffee growing regions, innovative cupping labs that arrive built into shipping containers, and cooperatives have been established. For the last 10 years, Rwandan specialty coffees consistently rank among the finest in the world.