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This year's Zirikana comes from Bufcoffee, our oldest partner in Rwanda. In this 16th year of our collaboration, we are proud to present this blend of three lots from three different washing stations.
  • SKU Rwanda Zirikana
  • Country Rwanda
  • Region within Country Western Province
  • Elevation 1750 m
  • Farm Bufcoffee
  • Farmer / Producer Name Bufcoffee
  • Buyer J. Mlodzinski
  • Cultivar Bourbon
  • Harvest Time May 2018
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
  • Harvest Year 2018
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
CitrusGrapeDark Sugars

Rwanda Zirikana

This year’s Zirikana offering comes from our friends at Bufcoffee, a pioneer in Rwanda’s specialty coffee sector and our longest-standing Direct Trade partner there. This is the 16th season of our collaboration with Bufcoffee, and it represents the best of the past and present of the company’s operations: it is comprised of lots from both its first coffee washing station (CWS) at Remera, which it established when it was founded in 2003, and from its two newest at Ubumwe (2017) and Umurage, which was inaugurated this past season in 2018.

It was at Remera that Epiphanie Mukashyaka launched the company and began to hone the pristine processing and meticulous selection practices that have made Bufcoffee the source of some of the sweetest, cleanest, and most vibrant coffees in Central Africa. Her sons Sam and Aloys drew on the design and practices of the Remera washing stations while building out the ones at Ubumwe and Umurage.

The Ubumwe coffee washing station is located in the Kamonyi District, not too far from the capital city of Kigali, where Bufcoffee also operates a dry mill and cupping lab, bringing its entire operations together in one place. Before Bufcoffee began purchasing cherry there for its CWS, it commissioned a soil analysis and found that the rich the soil in the region is rich in organic matter and minerals including potassium, zinc, and phosphorus, which bodes well for coffee quality.

The newest washing station at Umurage is located in the Huye District of the Southern Province, not far from the first two Bufcoffee washing stations at Remera and Nyarusiza. This district has been the home to more Cup of Excellence winners than any other since the competition started in Rwanda 11 years ago.

As Bufcoffee has continued to grow and expand, it has kept quality at the center of its operations. We are thrilled to have had Bufcoffee as part of our Direct Trade family for so many years, and deliver to you the best they have to offer as part of this year’s Rwanda Zirikana.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.