$18.25 | 12 oz bag
In 2017, our longest-term partners in Rwanda set up a new site for processing coffee in the community of Kigoma, working with a little more than 400 growers. We originally started working with Epiphanie Mukashyaka and her sons, Sam Muhirwa and Aloys Nshimiyimana, in the Southern Province of Rwanda in 2006, and, over a decade later, we continue to be impressed by the family’s vision and the quality of their company’s coffee. Even though this is the first year of production at the new processing site, this lot is showcasing beautiful flavors of blood orange, hibiscus, and toffee.
One of the stories we heard when we first traveled to Rwanda was the story of Epiphanie Mukashyaka, who showed up in the Partnership to Enhance Agriculture in Rwanda through Linkages (PEARL) Project offices as a genocide widow wanting to know how she could build a coffee washing station. In 2003, with the help of the PEARL Project, Epiphanie Mukashyaka was able to build her first washing station, called Nyarusiza, under her business, Bufcoffee. A few years later, Bufcoffee built their second washing station, Remera.
In 2017, Bufcoffee expanded their operations again, building two new washing stations, one called Ubumwe, and one in the area of Kigoma. Kigoma is an area that Bufcoffee has been buying coffee from for years but because it is a few hours drive away, purchasing and delivering it for processing proved extremely difficult. Bufcoffee has loved the quality of coffee from Kigoma, which they attribute to the dedicated growers and the health of the soil and environment, and when they looked to expand in 2017, Kigoma seemed the obvious choice.
While Bufcoffee is not a cooperative, they have taken a much more symbiotic relationship—with the thousands of producers with whom they work—than most private washing stations. Not only does Bufcoffee pay their workers a fair wage, they also reward farms with inputs and other incentives like animals, to ensure strong partnerships with the communities they work with.
New This Year:
2017 was the first year that the washing station for Bufcoffee operated in Kigoma, and it produced some of our favorite lots which we are selling for the first time this year.