Musasa Dukunde Kawa 250g
Every season we buy in at least one coffee from Rwanda. This year we’ve already been enjoying BUF Umurage, a natural processed coffee, and now we have a fully washed offering from the Musasa Dukunde Kawa cooperative.
The Musasa Dukunde Kawa Cooperative comprises some 2,148 smallholder farmers in the Gakenke District. The cooperative owns three washing stations, with Ruli being the first one to be established in 2003.
The level of care that Musasa Dukunde Kawa Ruli takes over the processing is impressive. Cherries are hand-pickedonly 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 (the heaviest – or A1 – usually being the best). The wet parchment is then soaked in water for between 18 and 24 hours to stabilise moisture content.
Washed beans are moved from the wet fermentation tanks onto the pre-drying tables, where they are intensively sorted under shade for around six hours. Next, the beans are moved onto the washing station’s extensive drying tables for around 14 days (depending on the weather), where they are sorted again for defects, turned regularly and protected from rain and the midday sun by covers, ensuring both even drying and the removal of any damaged or ‘funny looking’ beans. After reaching 11% humidity, the coffee is then stored in parchment in Ruli’s purpose-built warehouse prior to final dry-milling and hand-sorting at the Cooperative’s brand new dry mill in Kigali.
Washing Station: Musasa Dukunde Kawa
Varietal(s): Red Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed
Altitude: 1,700 to 2,000 metres above sea level