Rwanda Natural - Gasharu Washing Station

Blueberry pie, crème brule, chocolate
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
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Lot Number P610067-2
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About This Coffee

This natural-processed lot comes from the Gasharu Washing Station in the Nyamasheke district of Rwanda, located between Lake Kivu and the Nyungwe Forest National Park. Natural processing is still something of a rarity in Rwanda, due to the extended time frame needed for drying and limited space on the raised beds. Gasharu Coffee has been producing naturals since 2018; their focused efforts combined with Rwanda's ideal conditions for growing coffee has produced excellent results. 

Country of Origin Rwanda
Region Nyamasheke district
Producer Type Washing Station
Farm Name Various smallholders
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Processing Description Dried on raised beds
Growing Altitude 1600m - 2100m
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. 

  • Region Nyamasheke district
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Processing Description Dried on raised beds
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Red Bourbon
  • Min Growing Altitude 1600m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2100m
  • On Sale Yes
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  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade RWA CA NAT SPL SD
  • CTRM Contract Number P610067-2
  • Country of Origin Rwanda
  • Warehouse Continental NJ