Sprout - Rwanda
Smallholders from around the Kayumbu washing station in the Kamonyi District of Rwanda.
Bourbon and Jackson
1600 - 2100 masl
Notes of Raisin, Red Grape acidity, sharp Grapefruit citrus and delicate Honey and Rose finish.
Kayumbu Station was built by the Rwandan army. Army-built stations are constructed to receive huge volumes of cherry each season. Rwacof purchased the station in 2013 and has been working with the 1,055+ farmers delivering cherry to the station ever since. The farmers who deliver their cherry to Kayumbu station are flush with options of nearby washing station. Kayumbu has very high-quality standards, but in order to be competitive, they must accept nearly all cherry delivered. If they do not, the farmer will choose to go to a different station next time in order to sell more of their crop and avoid the hassle of sorting.
After purchasing cherry from producers, workers send the cherry through a strict sorting process. First, washing station staff remove any lower quality cherry through flotation. Then, a specially trained staff visually inspects the remaining cherry for any visual defects.
After sorting, cherry is pulped on a Pinhalese pulper outfitted with a demucilager that removes up to 80% of the mucilage before fermentation. Parchment is then fermented for 10 hours and washed in clean water before being laid out to sun dry on raised beds. While drying, the coffee will be regularly sorted to remove imperfections and sifted to ensure even drying.
Rwacof’s Farmer Field School shares information with all their producer partners about best agricultural practices, conservation tactics, the importance of picking only ripe cherry and more. Furthermore, Rwacof is focused on improving the financial situation of the farmers with whom they work. Annual bonuses are always distributed once the coffee is sold. As part of Sucafina’s innovative Farmer Hub program, these second payments are deposited into zero-fee bank accounts. Second payments are typically given as cash. Through our Farmer Hub program, these bank accounts offer wider-reaching benefits, including more secure storage for their money and the opportunity to build a financial credit history & give them access to credit lines with better interest rates. Rwacof’s Farmer Field School shares information with all their producer partners about best agricultural practices, conservation tactics, the importance of picking only ripe cherry and more.
Shipping 6th June