Rwanda is a coffee-producing country that is close to our hearts. We visit our colleagues there every year, and every year we’re wowed by the latest innovations and the taste of the coffees on the cupping table. We work very closely with the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, and offer several of their coffees each year. This special Rwandan coffee was produced by Minani Anastase, the president of Dukunde Kawa.
We typically trace a Rwandan coffee back to a single washing station, to which hundreds of smallholder producers deliver their coffee. It is extremely rare to be able to trace a Rwandan coffee back to a single producer. Minani’s farm is one hectare in size, and is planted with around 2,500 coffee trees. It is located opposite the Ruli washing station (which is owned and run by Dukunde Kawa). This proximity means that his farm is often used as a model for the co-op’s members, who visit to learn more about picking, pruning, and best agricultural practices.
At harvest time, the ripest coffee cherries are picked and delivered to the washing station, where they are meticulously inspected and sorted, and then processed using the fully washed method. The beans are then laid out to dry on raised beds for a period of around two weeks, during which time they are regularly turned to ensure an even and consistent dry.