Rwanda Musasa Dukunde Kawa Mbilima | FILTER
Rwanda Musasa Dukunde Kawa Mbilima | FILTER
Williams & Johnson Coffee Co.

Rwanda Musasa Dukunde Kawa Mbilima | FILTER

Regular price £10.80 £0.00 Unit price per
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Tasting notes:

Lemon, peach and manuka honey
Origin:

Rwanda Gakenke District, Northern Province

Processing:

Fully washed and dried on African beds

Altitude:

1900 - 2200 masl

Varietals:

Bourbon Mayaguez 139

Farm:

2,148 smallholder farmers

 

 

Most of the small scale producers with whom Musasa Dukunde Kawa works own less than a quarter of a hectare of land, where they cultivate an average of only 250-300 coffee trees each as well as other subsistence food crops such as maize and beans. The cooperative gives these small farmers the chance to combine their harvests and process cherries centrally. Before the proliferation of washing stations such as Mibilima, the norm in Rwanda was for small farmers to sell semi-processed cherries on to a middleman, and the market was dominated by a single exporter. This commodity-focused system-coupled with declining world prices in the 1990s-brought severe hardship to farmers, some of whom abandoned coffee entirely. Today, it’s a different picture. Farmers who work with Musasa Dukunde Kawa have seen their income at least double, and the co-op produces some outstanding lots for the specialty market year after year. ‘Musasa’ means ‘a place to make a bed’ and ‘Dukunde Kawa’ means ‘let’s love coffee’ in Kinyarwanda - a reference to the power of coffee to improve the lives of those in rural communities.


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