The Rugoza Washing Station is in the town of Muhanga, in Kayanza Province. The trading center for Rugoza is located in Maramvya, about 2 kilometers from Rugoza. There are about 1200 producers who contribute to Rugoza Washing Station, 150 of whom deliver cherry directly and another 1000 more who use eight different local collection points.
Due to the small size and yield on the average coffee farm or plot, washing stations are the primary point of purchase for us in Burundi. Unlike other coffee growing regions in Central and South America where landholding are slightly larger and coffee centric resources are more available, most producers do not have space on their property or the financial means to do their wet or dry milling. Instead, the majority of growers deliver cherry to a facility that does sorting, blending and post harvest processing of day lots to create different offerings.
Since 2006, we have cupped coffees from more than 50 washing stations in an attempt to pinpoint those with the best practices, cleanest cups, and most high quality nearby farms. While the logistics of buying coffees from Burundi are extremely challenging, we love the heavy figgry, fruity and lively coffees we find here. They remind us like a malbec, with a firm support of acidity.
Origin: Burundi, Muhanga
Altitude: 1560 masl
Varietals: Bourbon, Jackson, Mibirizi
Tasting notes: Cinnamon, Apple, Clove
Net weight: 12oz / 340g