The Twitezimbere Farmers’ Group is a collective of 32 smallholder coffee producers in Rwanda’s Southern Province. Recently these farmers got together and decided to process and market their coffees as a small, select lot. They named their group Twitezimbere as it roughly translates to ‘we work together for development’ in the local Kinyarwanda language. The group’s farmers now also share resources and labour during the busy harvest period.Once picked, the farmers deliver their ripe coffee cherries to the nearby Remera washing station. Remera is one of three stations owned by Buf Coffee, an incredibly inspiring family-run company that Market Lane has been working with since 2010. (You can read more about Buf Coffee and its amazing founder Epiphanie Mukashyaka here.)The Remera team usually centrally processes coffee from over 700 local producers, so it’s very special to be able to trace a coffee back to a small group like Twitezimbere. Selling their coffee as a distinct lot means the group’s members directly benefit from any higher prices paid specifically for their coffees, resulting in higher incomes to support their families. This provides an incentive to work together as a collective to produce the highest quality coffee possible. Judging by this coffee’s cup profile, this approach is working! Twitezimbere is clean and complex, with notes of plum and orange, and a chocolate finish.
At harvest time, the red bourbon variety cherries are hand-picked and delivered to the washing station.
The coffee is carefully wash processed by the Remera team.
The beans are dried on raised beds for 10 – 20 days.