Rwanda - Umurage Washing Station

Peach, grapefruit, cranberry, lime
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
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Lot Number P609859-3
  • 12 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

This is a Red Bourbon coffee from Buf Cafe's Umurage washing station located in the Huye District, of the Kigmoa sector in the south of Rwanda, sitting at 1,750 masl. Umurage is Buf Cafés third washing station. Founded in 2003 by Epiphanie Mukashyaka, Buf Café seeks to grow the specialty Rwandan coffee sector with a focus on quality. It is estimated that Umurage has 412 registered coffee farmers. Buf Cafe provides lots of jobs for the community, and train farmers in good agricultural practices to improve quality with a focus on sustainability.

Country of Origin Rwanda
Region Huye District, Southern Province
Producer Type Washing Station
Farm Name Various smallholders
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1750m
Harvest Season 2021/22
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Red Bourbon

History of Coffee in Rwanda 

The commercialization of coffee came about gradually in Rwanda and coffee was always produced on smallholder farms. Independence brought some improvement to the coffee infrastructure as the government established more modern and centralizing processing. But this meant the government set the price they would pay for coffee and farmers had no other options. There was no focus on quality because there was no incentive whatsoever. Despite much of the coffee being Bourbon, there was no sorting or grading so all the coffee was commercial grade. Rwanda exported 642,000 bags of coffee in 1993 and 447,000 in 1994. Then, as something of a stark reminder of the genocide, Rwanda exported a mere 22,000 bags in 1995. Today, Rwanda exports only 43% of what it did in 1993, but current exports represent much greater value because for the last 20 years the focus has been on quality rather than quantity, supported by various initiatives of the Rwandan government and international NGOs. 

Growing Coffee in Rwanda

Rwanda’s ideal growing conditions are no longer wasted on poor processing. New washing stations have opened in all coffee growing regions, innovative cupping labs that arrive built into shipping containers, and cooperatives have been established. The vast majority of Rwanda's smallholder farmers grow high-quality Bourbon, well-suited to the high altitudes and volcanic soil of the region. For the last 10 years, Rwandan specialty coffees consistently rank among the finest in the world. 

  • Status Spot
  • Region Huye District, Southern Province
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Processing Washed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Red Bourbon
  • Coffee Grade RWA CA FW A
  • Min Growing Altitude 1750m
  • Country of Origin Rwanda
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
  • On Sale Yes
  • On Sale Text pallet discount
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P609859-3