We are really proud to have secured this lot from Rwanda’s recent harvest. This was the standout washed lot out of a selection of spectacular coffees from the 2017 harvest. With fragrances of orange & butterscotch and flavours of raisins & lavender florals, this coffee is sure to delight!
We love creating relationships with progressive farmers and mills, and Bumbogo is a great example of that. The Bumbogo central washing station is in Gakenke (akarere) which is located in the northern province of Rwanda. Gakenke is a highly competitive coffee region in Rwanda and has been home to some of the winning lots of The Cup of Excellence.
Central Washing Stations (CWS) work as cooperatives to buy local farmers coffee cherry. They then employ members of the community to look after the processing of this coffee from sorting, washing and grading. Any East African coffee is generally the result of a community effort and each coffee will represent a CWS.
At Bumbogo there are over 100 casual employees who work throughout the season and each one is looked after well. Employees are paid 25% more than the average casual workers salary to encourage high quality cherry to be picked. They even go above and beyond by providing all their staff with Social Security.
All cherry is hand-sorted before a pre-pulp float, it’s then hand sorted a second time, to ensure under-ripe or damaged cherry is removed.
Cherry is then floated in pre-pulping tanks removing any floaters and later pulped. Next, coffee is fermented in dedicated concrete fermentation tanks for an average of 12 hours. During this time the ferment parchment is agitated several times throughout the day by way of ceremonial foot stomping.
After fermentation, coffee is released into a large serpentine grading channel. This is a flowing channel of water that allows any floaters or foreign objects to float off and be discarded. This process also separates parchment into different density grades.
This coffee is great one for filters!