Damian, our coffee buyer and founder, first encountered the Musasa Dukunde co-op in 2007 when Specialty grade Rwanda first arrived in the UK and he has been buying from them ever since. This example leapt off the cupping table and he declared one of the best lots that they have ever produced. The Ruli washing station which was built with a development loan from the Rwandan government and the support of a US Aid program called PEARL which was instrumental in opening Rwanda up to the more profitable and quality focused Specialty sector. This and it's successor (SPREAD) have been invaluable in helping the country's small-scale farmers rebuild and remodel their production in the wake of the devasting early 90's double-hit of a global coffee crash alongside well-documented national genocide. Farmers with the Musasa Dukunde co-op have seen their income at least double and they also receive school fees and medical insurance alongside practical quality premiums in the form of livestock (for food and fertiliser) and specially modified bicycles to deliver their cherries to the washing station.
Farm: Musasa Dunkunde Kawa Co-Operative, Ruli Washing Station, Gakenke District
Altitude: 1700 - 2000m
Variety: 100% Red Bourbon arabica
Flavour: Plum, dried cranberry, & black tea