Gikongoro lies in the south-central part of Rwanda. Like all of Rwanda, this prefecture is springing back from the genocide of the 90s, and a key player in that recovery has been Epiphanie Muhirwa. Widowed in the conflict, Epiphanie turned to coffee growing to help her family and her community rebuild. The resulting Bufcafe washing stations, owned by the Muhirwa family, have been instrumental in helping farmers and cooperatives in the area improve quality, yield, and ultimately, connection to specialty coffee importers.
Traceability of individual farms/farmers in this area can be a bit opaque due to the fact that Buf Cafe has collection sites outside their area to which farmers can bring harvested cherries from other regions/districts. That said, coffee from the Ginkongoro region stands out on cupping tables and consistently places in Cup of Excellence competitions.