Ineffable Coffee - Rwanda
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Smallholders at the Ngororero washing station in the Western Province of Rwanda
Notes of Pineapple, Papaya and Rum
The farmers who deliver their cherry to Ngororero are flush with options of nearby washing stations. Ngororero 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, Ngororero sends 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 selection and rinsing, the cherries go straight to the drying tables. They are spread out in a very thin layer to prevent mould growth during the drying and to ensure even drying. It takes around 3 weeks for the cherries to dry on the raised beds.