Rwanda | Remera
Washing Station: Bufcafe - Remera
Altitude: 1700 - 2000 Meters
In the Cup: Black Currant, Melon & Apricot
12 oz. (whole bean)
We love this time of year when the fresh and densely sweet Rwanda coffee samples arrive at our roastery. This year, the coffee that immediately had our attention on the cupping table came from the Remera washing station, which is located in the District of Nyamagabe in the south province of Rwanda.
Remera is the largest of the four washing stations owned by Bufcafe. Bufcafe was founded in 2003 by Epiphanie Mukashyaka, a strong and independent business woman that is an inspiration to other female entrepreneurs in Rwanda’s coffee sector and beyond. Epiphanie was widowed during the genocide in 1994 – which claimed over 800,000 lives in 3 months. She chose not to leave her family’s small coffee farm but instead she decided to rebuild and develop her business. With the help of her community, she started Bufcafe in 2003 and established the Remera washing station with a loan from the Rwandan Development Bank and the assistance of the USAID-financed PEARL project. Bufcafe is now managed by her and her son Samuel Muhirwa.
Ripe coffee cherries are collected from over 3000 small farmers with farms ranging in elevations of 1700 to 2000 meters. The cherries are then transported to the Remera washing station which sits at elevations as high as 2200 meters. Due to the high growing elevation, the coffee cherries slowly mature, creating balanced acidity, dense sweetness and clear flavor profiles. We find this cup to be quite balanced, with notes of black currant, melon and apricot, with a cherry like acidity and deep sweetness.
From our house to yours, we hope you enjoy every sip!