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Rwanda Nyarusiza

Blackberry, florals, brown sugar.

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This coffee launches with floral, blackberry, and cacao aromatics. A sweet and lively offering with notes of citrus, apricot and pomegranate, it is balanced, with a sweet-tart acidity and juicy body. Brown sugar and honey show up in the lingering finish for a complex and layered cup of sheer pleasure.

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Country
Rwanda
Region
Ginkongoro
Town
Karaba village
Farm
Nyarusiza Wet Mill
Farmer
Smallholder producers
Elevation
1600-1900m
Variety
Bourbon
Process
Washed Process

Meet Smallholder producers

Nyarusiza is one of two washing stations operated by Bufcafe, and the force behind Bufcafe is Epiphanie Muhirwa. Widowed in the country’s civil war, she started Bufcafe in the year 2000 and has become a living symbol of Rwanda’s economic recovery through specialty coffee production. Bufcafe’s dry mill in in Karaba village, and these days, Epiphanie’s son, Sam Muhirwa, oversees daily operations for the family business.

Approximately 7000 smallholders/ five local coffee cooperatives in the Gikongoro prefecture bring their coffees to the Buf Cafe stations to be processed. The Muhira family pays good wages, sharing surplus profits with contributors, and sowing back into the communities around the washing stations. This makes such things as schooling for children, medical care, and livestock more accessible to the farmers, improving their quality of life while helping to achieve coffee quality that places in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence competitions year after year.

Gikongoro, Rwanda

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.

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Location
Souderton, PA
Contact
215-721-4818

One Village Coffee

One Village Coffee was born of an encounter. That may sound a bit dramatic, but when owners Steve and Lois Hackman traveled to Africa and Honduras in the early 2000’s, what they saw captivated their hearts: a community of people working together to better themselves and those around them. “Coffee, which is deeply tied to the earth and has amazing powers to connect people, quickly became a way for us to create our own village.” And in 2007 they did exactly that. First in the Hackman’s basement in small-town Souderton, Pennsylvania, where they roasted coffee on a 5-pound roaster, then in their garage. When they outgrew the garage in 2009, they moved down the road a couple of miles to their current facility.

“Our mission since 2007 has been to connect growers, roasters, and coffee drinkers through our quality coffee and commitment to stewardship. We recognize that One Village Coffee would not exist without the people that drink our coffee, and the people that grow it. We want to honor the farmers and the whole supply chain by roasting the most delicious coffee we can.”

A family business, One Village Coffee’s ten-person team is approachable and humble. Whether they’re helping Honduran farmers build beehives, teaching coffee folk everything from brewing methods to cafe design, or giving back to their local community by providing 100,000 homeless Philadelphians with coffee every year, they create community, one cup at a time.

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