A wonderfully sweet coffee with a distinctive raisin character complemented by notes of red berries with black tea on the finish.
|Producer||Rugali Washing Station|
|Brewing||Suitable for all brew methods except for home espresso machines|
Our Rwanda Nyamasheke coffee is produced by Rugali Washing Station. This was one of two washing stations to be granted approval to produce natural and honey processed coffee in Rwanda, which (incredibly) was illegal up until recently. While production of natural processed coffee is still monitored strictly by NAEB (National Agricultural Export Development Board), the elevation at Rugali lends itself to produce exceptional Washed Coffee.
We source this coffee through Raw Material – a social enterprise who invest 100% of their profits back into their producers.
Built in April 2016, Rugali coffee washing station sees an annual production of approximately 54,000kg of milled green coffee each year. The drying conditions at Rugali are ideal for ensuring optimal post-pulp drying, where coffee is laid on raised drying beds between 12 pm and 3 pm, to ensure maximum exposure to the sun during the warmest time of the day.
It is managed by Radjab Mvuyekure and has 4 full-time staff supporting a farming family of over 1150 farmers.
Rugali is located at the shores of Lake Kivu in the district of Nyamasheke, approximately a four-hour drive Southwest of the capital Kigali. Rugali in its short existence has gone from being a small washing station to one of the most respected and impactful in its community.