Rwanda - Muraho

Cupping Notes: Dark Chocolate, Plum & Apple. acidity and round.
Producer Partner: Muraho Trading Company
Washing Station:
Region: Nyabihu
Altitude: 1650-1800 MASL
Varietal: Bourbon
Hours of Fermentation: About 6 hours
Drying Process: Raised bed for over 35 days

Vunga is a well-known washing station, though it is located in an area in Rwanda where very little coffee is produced, it has a reputation of producing extremely high-quality coffee. In 2012, Vunga placed 13th in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence and 4th in 2014. Cooperative members deliver coffee to the station, hand sort the cherry, and float the cherry. It is then pulped and washed in the newly constructed serpentine, funded through infrastructure investments from Muraho Trading Co and Raw Material.

Last year, Raw Material paid a premium of $0.35 USD per kilo of milled green coffee to the Vunga cooperative in order to help fund the necessary infrastructure upgrades, totalling 2 million Francs (~$2,400 USD before tax). Vunga post their highest ever profit by selling coffee through Muraho and Raw Material, and have reinvested a total of 6 million Francs from these profits toward the upgrades. MTCo financed a further 6 million Francs in order to complete this work. The final roughly $18,000 USD in extra spending allowed them to increase their dry storage capacity, build new serpentines, double the number of drying tables and finally to purchase new fermentation tanks.


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