Rwanda

Country: RWANDA (Musasa Co-op)
District: Ruli Sector, Ruashashi District
Altitude: 1,500 – 2,000 metres above sea level
Variety: 100% Red bourbon
Processing: Fully washed
Owners: 1,815 small holders who are members of the Musasa Cooperative
Farmers: Several thousand smallholder farmers (1,815 co-op members and independents)

Bold, juicy, red apple, orange balanced and consistent with honey sweetness bright acidity and a hint of mango.

The Dukundekawa Musasa cooperative lies high in Rwanda’s rugged north-west, at around 1,800 metres. The co-op built its first coffee washing station in 2003, with a development loan from the Rwandan government and the support of the USAID-financed PEARL project.

The level of care that Musasa Gatagara takes over the processing is impressive. Cherries are hand picked only when fully ripe and then pulped that same evening using a mechanical pulper that divides the beans into three grades by weight. After pulping the coffee is fermented overnight (for around 12 hours) and then graded again using flotation channels that sort the coffee by weight (heaviest usually being the best). The wet parchment is then soaked in water for around 24 hours.