Although a small country in size, Rwanda produces a lot of coffee. Its producers are members of 430,000 different families covering a surface area of 31,000 hectares. An average plantation has less than 200 coffee trees, which makes it impossible to trace coffees back to their producer in this country. 77 of its 146 districts produce green coffee. The climate and altitude in Southern Province are particularly well suited to quality coffee production.
Bufcoffee is a cooperative of several small producers possessing a variety of coffee processing skills located in Rwanda’s Southern Province, in the Nyamagabe district and Gikongoro terroir. The washing station is situated at an altitude of 1,920 metres.
The Remera washing station is one of two stations owned by Bufcoffee. Their story began in 2000, when Bufcoffee started helping producers to develop. They have a unique way of collecting and processing their coffee, due to the strong relationships built with the surrounding communities and to the aid provided for their development. In short, Bufcoffee is an example to be followed, because they teach producers to increase their bean yield and quality and in so doing improve their quality of life. It is worth noting that these coffees have won ten Cup of Excellence competitions over the past eight years. Which just goes to show how actively involved the company is in improving quality!
After harvesting, the cherries are fermented for 8 to 12 hours and then dried in the open air, under shade.
Shade dried | Bufcoffee | Slow drying
Bufcoffee is a business run by the Muhirwa family, which has a poignant history. The father was killed during the Rwandan genocide but his wife and two children (Samuel and Aloys) survived. With help from the US, the family decided to learn the coffee trade. They began by buying a washing station, then started processing coffee for small farmers.
The mother still sits at the head of the company today. Samuel and Aloys have invested fully in the company to improve coffee quality. They possess an impressive wet-processing expertise. Bufcoffee has also just invested in a drying mill, so they are now fully independent in terms of coffee processing.
Our partnership with Bufcoffee is becoming gradually stronger. We have created various ranges and coffees together, as with many of our partners. All come from their main washing station: Remera.