Kirambo coffee washing station sits on a hill stretching to the shores of Lake Kivu. The station was constructed in 2008, for many years its operation was unstable because the owner did not have financing for working capital, and the station was rented out to different people every year. For all those years, farmers did not have a partner who would support them beyond buying coffee cherries.
RTC purchased Kirambo in 2017, and operated it for the first time in 2018 season. This year alone, all farmers are being registered to enroll in RTC's farmer impact programs and training for certification. The quality of the coffee and the openness of the coffee farmers at Kirambo have allowed RTC to produce fully washed and natural coffee with high cup scores at Kirambo.
Cherries are delivered to the Kirambo station, where they are floated and separated to remove any defective cherries. The coffee is then placed on the raised African beds at about 2 cm of thickness where it is dried for up to 30 days: when drying, it is turned each hour and covered during night time.