FARM: Muhondo Co-op
REGION: Northern Gakenke
ALTITUDE : 1850 - 2200
VARIETAL : Bourbon
PROCESS : Fully Washed
The Gakenke district lies in North West Rwanda near the Volcanoes National Park. It is home to 1 of only 3 populations of endangered mountain gorillas in the world. The terrain is mountainous, rugged and exceptionally beautiful. Rich volcanic soils, plentiful sunshine, and tropical rainfall provide exceptional conditions for the cultivation of Arabica.
Ripe cherries are carefully selected, first by hand and then by floatation in clean water tanks. The cherries are then de-pulped and fermented in water for an average of 18 hours. After fermentation the coffee is partially washed in clean water grading channels which also serve to further sort the coffee by density. The coffee, still in its husk, is then dried in the sun on raised African beds for 21-30 days.
Muhondo coffee won Rwanda’s Cup of Excellence award in 2014 and came 3rd place in 2015.
The washing stations have had a tremendous impact on the local communities, particularly in providing employment for women and youth, as well as empowering farmers with equipment, microfinance loans and clean water supplies.