Rwanda Dukundekawa Mbilima Honey
|60 KG BAG
About This Coffee
Mbilima coffee washing station is part of Dukundekawa Co-operative. The washing station was founded in 2005 to cater for farmers who struggled to deliver to the co-operative’s primary station ‘Ruli’. The logistical challenges of delivering such a long distance were having an adverse affect on coffee quality, the co-operative invested in a new facility closer to these farmer groups.
Founded in 2000, The Dukunde Kawa Musasa Cooperative cultivates its high-quality coffee near a mountain gorilla habitat at around 1,800masl, in Rwanda’s rugged North-West. By producing high-end coffee for the international market and employing a majority female workforce, the cooperative ensures maximum benefits to local families. In 2003, it built a washing station with funds provided by the Rwandan ministry of defense. In exchange for this support, the Dukunde Kawa donates 10 percent of its net profits annually to fund the construction of other washing stations throughout Rwanda.
|Coko sector, Gakenke District, Northern Province
|Dukunde kawa Musasa
|1800m - 2100m
|RWA CA NAT SPL SD
|60 KG BAG
|Grain Pro / Ecotact
Gakenke district lies in North West Rwanda near the Volcanoes National Park, home to 1 of only 3 populations of endangered mountain gorillas in the world. Like much of Rwanda - “the land of a thousand hills” - the terrain is mountainous, rugged and exceptionally beautiful. Rich volcanic soils, plentiful sunshine, and tropical rainfall provide exceptional conditions for the cultivation of arabica, and the Bourbon variety particularly excels in the high elevations of Rwanda’s mountains.
For this honey process, ripe cherries are carefully selected - first by hand and then by floatation. The cherries are then de-pulped and dried with the retained mucilage on raised African beds under shelter. The drying process takes around 15 days on warm days and 22 days on rainy days.
Fairtrade Certified since 2004, Dukunde Kawa secures a high standard of living for Rwandan farmers by ensuring access to an economically and environmentally sustainable coffee industry. Before the proliferation of washing statiuons such as those owned by the co-op, the norm in Rwanda was for smallholder farmers to sell semi-processed cherries to middle- men, bringing low prices and severe hardship to farmers. Today it’s a different story: farmers who work with the co-op have seen their income at least double.
Eighty percent of Dukunde Kawa’s producers are women. Each member has been able to buy a farm animal, and many now have health insurance for the first time. Dukunde Kawa also constructed 2 schools for local children in 2006 and provides members with long-term credit at no interest. Many farmers renovated their homes and now all members’ homes have tile rather than grass roofs.
- Subregion Coko sector, Gakenke District, Northern Province
- Producer Type Washing Station
- Wet Mill Mbilima
- Processing Honey Processed
- Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
- Plant Species Arabica
- Variety Bourbon
- Min Growing Altitude 1800m
- Max Growing Altitude 2100m
- Screen Size 15 Up
- Co-Op Dukunde kawa Musasa
- On Sale No
- Top Lot Yes
- Price Per Kg £9.95
- Status Afloat
- Coffee Grade RWA CA NAT SPL SD
- CTRM Contract Number P8002222-1
- Origin Rwanda
- Warehouse Vollers Group Uk