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Barshaker Coffee Roasters - Rwanda - Mushonyi - Washed

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The coffees at the Mushonyi Wash Station manage to impress us all the time, and this batch is no exception. Sweet and clean, floral and fruity, this Fully Washed batch from Mushonyi Wash Station is everything you want from a Rwandan coffee.
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Description

Roasting Profile : Omniroast

Processing : Fully washed

Origin : Rwanda

Region : Western province, Rutsiro District

Washing station: Mushonyi Washing Station

Coffee grade: FW Scr. 15

Weight: 250 g

Variety: Red Bourbon

Crop: 2021/22

Altitude: 1,600-1,950m 

Notes: honey, citrus fruit, raspberry

The Mushonyi washing station is located just one kilometre from the shore of Lake Kivu. The 1,200 growers who deliver cherries to this station live and farm in the hills around Mushonyi. On these hills, the altitude can vary from a minimum of 1,600 metres above sea level to a maximum of 1,950 metres above sea level. Farmers grow, on average, only about 300 coffee trees on their small plots. Many also grow bananas, eucalyptus and cassava to generate extra income.  

Mushonyi was originally built by the army. At the time, the army was anticipating large volumes of cherries and built accordingly. The station has eight fermentation tanks, a standard washing channel and a cherry sorting shed for additional sorting before the cherries are pulped. Rwacof keeps this infrastructure in pristine condition, even in years when the capacity of the washing station exceeds the volume of cherries delivered. 

Harvest and post-harvest

Farmers delivering their cherries to Mushonyi have a choice of nearby washing stations. Mushonyi has very high quality standards, but to be competitive, it must accept almost all cherries delivered. Otherwise, the farmer will choose to go to another station next time to sell more of his crop and limit the time spent sorting cherries.  

After buying cherries from growers, Mushonyi sends the cherries through a strict sorting process. First, the washing station staff removes low-quality cherries by flotation. Then, specially trained staff visually inspect the remaining cherries for any visual defects. 

After the cherries are sorted, they are passed through a pulper. Mushonyi is equipped with a Pinhalense eco-pulper that can process up to 2 tonnes per hour. The machine integrates flotation and mechanical removal of mucilage into its flow. From the hopper, the cherries flow into a basin. Here, the machine removes the flocs and feeds them into another channel to be processed into pulp. The good quality cherries sink and flow into a channel for 'approved' processing.

The coffee then goes through a 10-hour fermentation in concrete tanks. This fermentation period removes the remaining mucilage. After being removed from the fermentation tanks, the parchment is passed through a washing and sorting channel.  As the grains pass through, wooden bars that are placed along the channel prevent grains of certain densities from passing through. These bars are spaced along the channel. While the first bar stops the densest grains, the next is arranged to stop the second densest grain and so on. In total, the process separates the parchment into five different qualities.

The separated parchment is placed on raised beds to dry. Workers sort the drying parchment to remove any remaining defects that may have passed through the previous stages. The parchment is raked frequently to ensure even drying.

Rwacof Rwanda

Together with our sustainability partner, the Kahawatu Foundation, Sucafina Rwanda (Rwacof) invests heavily in farmer training and good agricultural practices. The Rwacof Farmer Field School shares information with all their producer partners about best farming practices, conservation tactics, the importance of picking only ripe cherries and more. 

In addition, Rwacof focuses on improving the financial situation of the farmers they work with. Annual bonuses are always distributed once the coffee is sold. As part of Sucafina's innovative Farmer Hub program, these second payments are deposited into bank accounts with zero commission. The second payments are usually given in cash. Through our Farmer Hub program, these bank accounts offer broader benefits, including safer storage of their money and the opportunity to build their financial credit history and give them access to lines of credit with better interest rates.

Above all, Rwacof's exceptional attention to detail during post-harvest activities ensures the best possible coffee quality. From the moment the cherries enter the washing station until they are ground and packed for export, Rwacof maintains strict quality controls. They know, as we do, that high quality coffee is crucial to deliver benefits throughout the supply chain.

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