Rwanda BUFCAFE 'Nyarusiza Station
Tasting Notes: Tart cherry, key lime, sparkling acidity
Altitude: 1750 masl
Farm: Karaba Village
Varietal: 100% Bourbon
About the coffee:
We have offered coffee from the twin washing stations (wet mills) of Nyarusiza and Remera for two years now and the quality keeps improving with each successive harvest. This coffee really pops on the cupping table. It has a unique layered sweetness through out. If this coffee were a song it would be "Dancing Queen" because it really does dance on the palate. A superb coffee!
From our importer's field notes at Olam Coffee:
This coffee comes from Buf Cafe and is 100% Bourbon variety. The famed Buf Cafe washing station is in the mountains near the village of Karaba, in the Ginkongoro prefecture in south-central Rwanda. Buf Cafe started operation in 2000, after funding aid from the Rwandan Development Bank and USAID’s PEARL project.
Buf Cafe is a private washing station, owned wholly by the Muhirwa family, processing coffee cherry from two distinct cooperatives in the Ginkongoro prefecture: Cobabakagi (1300 members) and Terimbere Kawa Yacu (between 400-600 members). They also collect cherry from farmers in other regions, siphoning away outside cooperative output by placing collection sites within the operating zones of other established groups.
Buf Cafe operates two separate washing stations – Nyrusiza and Remera. This particular lot comes from cherry milled at the Nyarusiza station.The larger of the two stations, Remera sits at 1950 meters, and on the drive there we reached hilltop elevations nearing 2200 meters. Processing here follows the Rwandan standard, with a floating tank sort, 8-12 hour dry fermentation, second sort for weight using water shoots, then a 24 hour soak prior to hand washing and hand sorting, concluded by placement on raised drying beds on the mountain valley floor. Similar practices are followed at Nyarusiza. Buf Cafe’s dry mill facility is located in Karaba.