Rwanda 15+ Muhondo Natural

Orange, dark chocolate, vanilla, slight floral
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2023/24
Status Spot
Lot Number P8002220-2
  • 24 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

Muhondo Coffee Company is based in Gakenke district in Rwanda’s Northern province. The company operate 3 washing stations: Muhondo and Bukonya in Gakenke district and Bwisige in Gicumbi district. In total they work with over 3,200 smallholder farmers and operate one 10ha estate. This fully washed lot from Muhondo station is sourced from 1,215 farmers cultivating the bourbon variety at altitudes up to 2,200masl.

The washing stations have had a tremendous impact in the local communities, particularly in providing employment for women and youth, as well as supporting farmers with equipment, microfinance loans and clean water supplies.

Muhondo coffee won Rwanda’s Cup of Excellence award in 2014 and came 3rd place in 2015.

Origin Rwanda
Subregion Gakenke District
Harvest Season 2023/24
Producer Type Washing Station
Wet Mill Muhondo
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Growing Altitude 1850m - 2200m
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon
Coffee Grade RWA CA NAT SPL SD
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact

The Region

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.

The Process

For this natural process, ripe cherries are carefully selected, first by hand and then by floatation in clean water tanks. The cherries are then sun dried on raised African beds until reaching a humidity of 11-12%. During drying the cherries are handpicked and periodically turned to ensure consistent drying and prevent over-fermentation or mould formation. As the water in the cherries evaporates, the sugars concentrate and permeate the beans, leading to the characteristic jammy sweetness in the final cup.

Drying takes between 45 and 70 days depending on the weather and ambient moisture.

  • Subregion Gakenke District
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Wet Mill Muhondo
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Bag Types Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Min Growing Altitude 1850m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2200m
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £8.90
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade RWA CA NAT SPL SD
  • CTRM Contract Number P8002220-2
  • Origin Rwanda
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk