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Rwanda Organic - Mbizi Washing Station

Toffee, tart cherry, green tea
$4.49 / lb $593.92 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
Status Spot
Lot Number P608955-1
  • 25 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Meandering through the highlands of Rwanda’s southern province, the Nyabarongo river is the longest river inside 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 weather. 

Country of Origin Rwanda
Harvest Season 2021/22
Coffee Grade RWA CA FW SC 15+
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Washed
Variety Red Bourbon
Region Kamonyi District
Farm Name Various smallholders
Growing Altitude >1800m
Climate Tropical savannah
Soil Sandy / loam
Certifications Organic certified

History of Coffee in Rwanda 

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. Then, as something of a stark reminder of the genocide, Rwanda exported a mere 22,000 bags in 1995. 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.

Growing Coffee in Rwanda

Cherries are hand-picked when fully ripe and then pulped that same evening using a mechanical pulper that divides the beans into three grades by weight. After pulping, the coffee is fermented overnight (for around 12-18 hours) and then graded again using flotation channels that sort the coffee by weight (the heaviest – or A1 – usually being the best). The wet parchment is then soaked in water for around 24 hours to stabilize moisture content. 

  • Status Spot
  • Region Kamonyi District
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Wet Mill Mbizi Coffee Washing Station
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description 10-18 hour fermentation, dried on raised beds
  • Certifications Organic certified
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Red Bourbon
  • Coffee Grade RWA CA FW SC 15+
  • Growing Altitude >1800m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • Country of Origin Rwanda
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • Climate Tropical savannah
  • Soil Sandy / loam
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • CTRM Contract Number P608955-1