Salford Roasters - Rwanda
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750+ smallholders working with Sucafina at the Karambi Wet Mill near Nyamasheke in the Western Province region of Rwanda
1700 - 2000 masl
Notes of Pineapple Candy
SCA Score - 85
The washing station is a four-hour drive west of Kigali. The station itself has up to 120 staff in peak season. Every step of the process is continuously attended to by experienced eyes.
Karambi serves a wide range of farmers in the region, and over 66% of the farmers delivering to the washing station are women! After purchasing cherry from producers, Karambi 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, cherry goes straight to raised beds. They are spread out in a very thin layer and raked frequently to ensure even drying. It takes around 3 weeks for cherry to dry on the raised beds.
This coffee is also a Sucafina Farmgate Initiative coffee, where the impact a roaster makes purchasing The Farmgate Initiative coffees is aggregated toward a project that is relevant to the local community it aims to serve.