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Rwanda - Bwenda

Rwanda - Bwenda

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Tasting Profile

Blueberry - Cherry - Maple Syrup




We recommend resting beans for a minimum of 7 days for filter and 14 days for espresso.

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  • Technical Data

    Process: Washed

    Region: Bwenda Cell, Kbumbwe sector

    Varietal: Red Bourbon

    Elevation: 1650 MASL

    Cup Score: 86

  • Washed

    The Washed process in Rwanda includes a unique soaking step, not unlike that often found in Kenya. The cherries are delivered to central processing units the day they are harvested, where they will be depulped and fermented in open-air tanks made of concrete or cement for 12–18 hours. After fermentation, the coffees are soaked in water for 24 hours, after which their mucilage will be removed and spread on raised beds to dry.

Blueberry & Cherry? Deliciousness from Rwanda has arrived...

We've always loved coffees from Rwanda, their incredible fruit & juicy flavours are an undoubtable favourite of ours, and this particular coffee is no different.

Blueberry, Cherry & Maple Syrup, what is there not to love?

The Producers

187km south-west of Kigali city, through the foothills and rice fields and into the Land of a Thousand Hills is the Bwenda washing station. Just north-west of Butare in the Kbumbwe sector, Bwenda occupies a small area of between 2-3 ha. Established by RTC in 2019, Bwenda is named after the cell of land it’s on. It’s manager, Eric, resides in nearby Huwe and has been the manager since RTC took ownership. Thanks to the training the farmers have received in financial management (which is just one aspect of RTC’s training) Eric is content in knowing that they have been provided the opportunity to make savings, thus ensuring some longer term stability and financial independence.

The station employs 3 people full-time, including Eric, with the addition of providing seasonal work for around 60 casual workers during the harvest season. Women account for around 85% of the labour force at Bwenda, and we asked if this was because the work required less physical labour than other roles on the station Eric replied “No, they are just better at it than the men”.

in 2022 1600 smallholder farmers local to Bwenda were contributing cherry to the station. Farm sizes ranged from just 100 trees to 7000 trees (around 3 hectares), and the farms lay between 0.5km to 4km away. The vast majority of farmers are between the ages of 30-55/60 with around 25% being either elderly or under 25. To enable farmers to contribute cherry in spite of access to the station from farms or issues of mobility, the site provides collection points and site collectors who gather cherry from across 20 locations. Collectors will inspect and weigh deliveries of cherry and pay the farmers straight away. Additionally, the station provides farmers with organic EM2 compost which consists of recycled cherry pulp with some animal manure.. All 1600 farmers using Bwenda have completed or are current participants in the Agribusiness Training Program.

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  • Roast Days

    We currently roast Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, aiming to pack and ship your coffee as fresh and quick as possible.