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Bwenda, Rwanda

Bwenda, Rwanda

Regular price $26.00

*Terroir Best Lot*

QUALITY SCORE: 89.00


Cup Notes

Orange / Cranberry / Rhubarb / Lemon

TECHNICAL DETAILS

QUALITY SCORE
89.00
PRODUCER
Several Small Farmers
COUNTRY
Rwanda
TERROIR
Nyamagabe
ELEVATION
1700 mt
FERMENTATION
Classic Washed
CULTIVAR
Red Bourbon
PICKED IN
July 2019
LANDED IN
June 2020
LOT SIZE
1800 kg
ARRIVED IN
GrainPro bags
ROAST PROFILE BY
Rubens Gardelli
ROASTED ON
Customised roaster

THE STORY BEHIND

The owner of Bwenda, Bernard Uwitije, is a native of southern Rwanda, Nyamagabe district. Coming from a region where coffee has been a dominant crop, he has first entered the sector trading ordinary home processed coffee. He later learned about the added value of selling the fully processed coffee. Wanting to set up a proper and sustainable business in the coffee sector, he built his first wet mill near his hometown in 2016. He used the first year to learn all the details of operating a wet mill successfully, and he built a second washing station the following season, where he then mastered processing large volumes without compromising quality. Bwenda was his third washing station, which he built in 2018 after realizing a group of farmers who were a bit isolated, did not have a closer washing station to process their cherries into high quality coffee. 2019 was the first season of operating Bwenda, processing only 1 container worth of cherries. Bernard is already developing various programs to help farmers delivering to Bwenda with extension services, and he is expanding the capacity of the wet mill. During the harvest the farmers deliver cherry to the washing station where they are floated and separated before being pulped on a disc pulper and fermented in tanks overnight until the mucilage is ready to be washed off. It then passes through the grading channels before being taken to the raised beds and dried for 10 - 14 days.