Rwanda - Simbi Washing Station

Bright, black cherry, grape juice, mandarin orange
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P611437-3
  • 17 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Simbi Coffee is a co-operative group based Huye district in Rwanda's southern province. Their washing station was started in 2011 and opened in 2013, placing 9th in the Rwandan Cup of Excellence in this same year, their first in operation. Since then they have sought to maintain strict standards of selection and processing in order to continue to produce high quality coffees each season. Simbi is composed of 1,850 members, 80% of whom are women.

This fully washed microlot was sourced from a group of 300 smallholder farmers in Rugarama village. These farmers cultivate bourbon varities at altitudes ranging between 1,710 and 1,850 masl. 

Country of Origin Rwanda
Region Huye district
Producer Type Washing Station
Farm Name Various smallholders
Processing Washed
Processing Description Dried on raised beds
Growing Altitude 1700m - 1850m
Harvest Season 2022/23
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 Huye district
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description Dried on raised beds
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Red Bourbon
  • Min Growing Altitude 1700m
  • Max Growing Altitude 1850m
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade RWA CA FW SC 15+
  • CTRM Contract Number P611437-3
  • Country of Origin Rwanda
  • Warehouse The Annex