Rwanda Karora Fully Washed 15+ (2023)

Peach iced tea, lemon, milk chocolate, blackcurrant
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
Status Spot
Lot Number P8001872-1
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About This Coffee

The story begins when Francine Nyiramana and Immaculée Mukamana decided to return to their family’s land in Nyamurinda Hill after the Rwandan genocide of 1994 to start a new life with a coffee farm. Despite all the scars caused by the atrocities, the two women gained courage to establish their farm and grow it into a sustainable business. Eventually the coffee farming inspired what is now Nyamurinda Coffee Growers Ltd. and subsequently Karora Washing Station, where this lot was processed. The company processes speciality coffee from its own farm and from 1,022 registered smallholder farmers organised under the co-operative.

Origin Rwanda
Subregion Mubuga sector, Karongi district, Western Province
Harvest Season 2022/23
Producer Type Washing Station
Wet Mill Karora
Co-Op Nyamurinda Coffee Growers Ltd.
Processing Washed
Growing Altitude 1800m - 2000m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon
Coffee Grade RWA CA FW SC 15+
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG

The Region

Nyamurinda co-op and Karora coffee washing station are situated close to Nyungwe natural forest. Sitting in the mountains that forms Nile-Congo Watershed, the continental divide separates the drainage basins of the Nile and Congo rivers. Nyangwe Forest National Park, one of the largest and best preserved mountain rainforests in central Africa, home to an esimated 25% of Africa's primates (excluding humans!)

The Process

This lot is fully washed, whereby ripe cherries are carefully selected, first by hand sorting then by floatation to remove under-developed cherries (floaters). The cherries are then depulped and fermented for 12-18 hours, typically overnight, to break down the remaining mucilage. After fermentation, the wet parchment is washed by high pressured water and grading is done throughout long channels to separate coffee by density. During this grading stage, coffee beans pass through a series of gates that allow less dense, lower quality beans to flow through, while retaining the denser, higher quality beans for separate processing in top lots such as this.

The retained washed beans are moved from channels to pre-drying tables, where they are carefully sorted under shade for around 4 hours. Next, the beans are taken on raised drying tables numbered for around 14 days in warm days or 21 days in rainy days. The coffee is also sorted again for defects, any damaged beans and it is turned regularly by women (seasonal workers) and the latter are tasked to protect coffee from rain or the midday sun by using covers. 

  • Subregion Mubuga sector, Karongi district, Western Province
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Wet Mill Karora
  • Processing Washed
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Min Growing Altitude 1800m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2000m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • Co-Op Nyamurinda Coffee Growers Ltd.
  • On Sale Yes
  • Top Lot Yes
  • Price Per Kg £6.75
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade RWA CA FW SC 15+
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001872-1
  • Origin Rwanda
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk