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Zirikana means "show your commitment" in Kinyarwanda. It embodies the commitment coffee growers in Rwanda have made to quality, and the commitment we have made to coffee growers in Rwanda over the past 15 years.
  • SKU 234002
  • Country Rwanda
  • Region within Country Nyamagabe District, South Province
  • Elevation 1750 - 2000 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Remera CWS
  • Farmer / Producer Name Bufcoffee
  • Buyer J. Mlodzinski
  • Cultivar Bourbon
  • Harvest Time May - July 2017
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic No
  • Harvest Year 2016
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
In Season 1
Stone FruitDried FruitsLight Sugars

Zirikana Rwanda

Show Your Commitment

Zirikana is Kinyarwanda for “show your commitment.” We can’t think of a better name for our annual single-origin offering from Rwanda. After all, commitment is what this whole specialty coffee thing is all about, and Rwanda’s coffee sector offers more inspiring examples of commitment than just about anywhere else on Earth.

Rwanda’s push into the specialty coffee sector came in the wake of genocide, a gruesome spasm of violence that set neighbor against neighbor, claimed nearly one million lives in a period of one hundred days and left the country’s economy reeling. The country’s elegant Bourbon varietals and ideal growing conditions helped, as did some of the most effective development projects ever implemented in the coffee sector. But Rwanda’s extraordinary emergence as the source of some of the world’s sweetest and cleanest coffees is mostly a story of determination and commitment. The commitment we made to be present every step of the way, to share everything we have learned over the years about quality and to deliver financial rewards for quality is important. But the real story is the extraordinary commitment shown by hundreds of thousands of ordinary Rwandans: a commitment to focus meticulously on quality in every step of the process, from the farm to the drying table.

Our Green Coffee Buyer for Rwanda J Mlodzinski tells the story of this year’s Zirikana and the commitment of the remarkable Rwandan coffee family behind it.

A Coffee Epiphanie

We had the honor of being present at the creation of Rwanda’s specialty coffee sector, and collaborating from the beginning with its quality pioneers. Among them was Epiphanie Mukashyaka, a natural leader and entrepreneur who firmly embraced Rwanda’s quality-first strategy and executed on that strategy like no one else.

Her family-run business is centered in Rwanda’s Southern Province, where it built its first coffee washing station (CWS) in 2003 at Remera. Just two years later, it built a second CWS in Nyarusiza, in an area bordering the Nyungwe National Park where the soil is extremely rich and the water supply is plentiful. Some of the farmers who deliver cherry to the Nyarusiza CWS produce up to three times as much as growers in other parts of Rwanda. These two washing stations and one family have been the anchor of our Zirikana project from the beginning. Epiphanie has passed the torch to her sons, Sam and Eloys, but Bufcoffee remains one of the brightest lights in Rwanda’s coffee sector.

Continuous Innovation

The advanced quality control systems Bufcoffee has implemented at these washing stations have garnered worldwide recognition, earning a handful of Cup of Excellence awards and consistent quality premiums. These premiums have allowed Bufcoffee to reinvest continuously in its operations.

In 2017, it built a third CWS in the Huye District, purchased a fourth in the Kamonyi District and made plans to continue to grow the family business: Sam recently helped his sister with financing for the purchase of a washing station named Kibingo just a few kilometers from the Burundi border.

In all this growth, Bufcoffee has not lost its focus on quality of the spirit of restless innovation in the name of quality that has been the basis of its success.

At the Remera CWS, Sam has imagined, created, implemented and refined over the past few years something he calls the “Under-Shade Drying System.” Resembling a giant carport for coffee, this covered structure houses drying beds stacked ten high, providing an arid, shaded area where coffee drying time is slowed down to as much as 30-40 days. It is a lengthy process, but it is worth the wait: the coffees that this system produces are more vibrant for longer than those dried in direct sunlight.

We are proud to have played a role in Bufcoffee’s growth and excited to collaborate with it continues to grow the family business and expand the opportunities of specialty coffee to more communities in Rwanda.

As you enjoy this year’s Zirikana Rwanda from the Remera CWS, we hope you appreciate how far the commitment to quality we share with Bufcoffee has taken our Zirikana project and the coffee growers who have participated in to date. (We introduce you below to the growers who contributed to this edition of our Zirikana Rwanda.) We also hope you understand why, as good as this coffee already is, we believe the best is yet to come.

Coffee Credits

Province

Southern

Coffee Washing Station

Remera

Village

Gitwa

Growers

Iraguha Anastase

Village

Kabeza

Growers

Ntabamvura Innocent
Nyirinkindi

Village

Kabeza

Growers

Ntabamvura Innocent
Nyirinkindi

Village

Muliro

Growers

Ayinkamiye Sophie
Bimenyimana Emmanuel
Gasana Straton
Habarugaba Pierre
Hakizimana Emmanuel
Hategekimana Martin
Kambanda Zephanie
Kubwimana Straton
Mbangukira Xavier
Mbarubukeye Martin
Mubirigi Francois
Mugiraneza Venuste
Muhire Venuste
Mukakimenyi Maliyeri
Mukantambara Boniflida
Mukarugabiro Angeline
Mukarugwiza Gemima
Mukatesi Beatrice
Mukeshimana Stephanie
Munyemana Vincent
Munyengango Isaie
Munyentwari Francois
Muratabigwi Cyrille
Musabyimana Clement
Musabyimana Jeremie
Mutabazi Israel
Mwizeyimana Manase
Ngirabandi Frederic
Niragire Meranie
Nkundiye Innocent
Ntakirutimana Faustin
Nyirabukimana Viviane
Nyirimbibi Venuste
Nzamurambaho Joseph
Rugango Frederic
Ruhashyampunzi Jonatha
Rukundo Eric
Twagirayesu Japhet
Twagirayezu Albert
Twizerimana Gaspard

Village

Murambi

Growers

Kwizera Celestin
Mudaheranwa Evariste
Mukamana Jeannette
Mukamana Maritha
Murera

Village

Muriro

Growers

Bangukira Xavier
Bavugirije Eliezer
Bihirabake Alexis
Burayobera Emmanuel
Dusabimana Emmanuel
Gatete Steven
Habimana Emmanuel
Habyarimana Jean
Hajabakiga Claver
Hategekimana Daniel
Havugimana Boniface
Ishingiro Emmanuel
Kabalisa Callixte
Kamandwa Andree
Karemera Vianney
Mbarushimana Marie
Muganantara Innocent
Mugenzi Frodouard
Muhayimana Console
Mukabatera Odette
Mukakarangwa Marie
Mukandekezi Viviane
Mukarugwiza Germine
Mukarwego Venantie
Munyemana Jean
Munyentwali Jonathan
Murekatete Anne Marie
Murekezi Evariste
Musabyimana Pascal
Mutabazi Deo
Neziyarema Faith
Ngerageza Jean
Niyonagize Christine
Niyonsaba Josepha
Nkurunziza Wellars
Nsengimana Joel
Nteziyambere J. Bosco
Nyirazinduka Rose
Rugango Mederic
Semanyana Boniface
Serukwavu James
Shirubute Gaspard
Sinamenye Ferdinand
Tabaro Jean
Uwimana Marie
Uwizeyimana Manase

Village

Nyamifumba

Growers

Bahire Anastase
Bahufite Fabien
Bapfakurera Damien
Bigerakubagabo Zachee
Bigirimana Asumani
Bugingo Samuel
Dusabimana Fidele And Kabirigi Bonifave
Gatunzi Venuste
Hakizimana Ephrem
Hashakimana Felecien
Hatangimana Emmanuel
Higiro Daniel
Kalisa Callixte
Kalisa Francois
Kalisa Joseph
Kanamugire David
Kanyamibwa Philippe
Kayonga Gaspard
Kayumba Justin
Kubwimana Jeannette
Majyambere Silas
Mbonabirama Leonard
Mbonyinshuti Noel
Mpatsinturo Venant
Mudaheranwa Venuste
Mukamana Cecile
Mukamana Xaverine
Mukamazera Mediatrice
Mukandanga Vestine
Mukansoneye Celapie
Mukanubaha Catherine
Mukarurinda Laurent
Munyaneza Yasini
Munyarigoga Aciel
Munyehara Elise
Musirikare Samuel
Muzungu Felecien
Ndayambaje Emmanuel
Ndayisaba Ignace
Ngarukiye Jonathan
Ngendabanga Cyriaque
Niyigaba Emm
Niyitanga Emmanuel
Niyonzima Pascal
Nkubiri Boniface
Nkundiye Vedaste
Nkurikiyimana Daniel
Nkurikiyumwami David
Nkurunziza Stefan
Nkuruziza Charles
Nkusi Joseph
Nsanzabarinda Eliezer
Nsanzumukiza
Nshimiyimana Venuste
Nshutiraguma Justin
Ntawangundi Alphonse
Nyamaswa Innocent
Nyaminani Gerard
Nyirabusimba Felecite
Nyirakadende Helene
Nyirakamondo Catherine
Nyirankuriza Marianne
Nzeyimana Alphonse
Nzirabatinya Faustin
Rishirabake Faustin
Sagatwa Frederic
Sebarinda Samuel
Sengoga Pierre
Sibomana Juvenal
Sibomana Onesphore
Singirangabo Claude
Twahirwa Michel
Uwihanganye Sylvestre
Uwimana Eliphase
Uwiringiyimana Fidele

Village

Nyamifunda

Growers

Byiringiro Jabes
Cyubahiro Uzzuil
Habimana James
Harerimana Pascal
Ingabire Athanasie
Kabirigi Boniface
Kankindi Annociate
Muhirwa Emmanuel
Mukamana Velenne
Mukandanga Jenasta
Mukangoga Brigithe
Mukasafari Anne Marie
Munyarubindo Lphonsine
Munyemana Nason
Nkeshimana Etienne
Nkundiye Fidele
Nkurikiyimana Cyprien
Ntakirutimana Daniel
Sindikubwabo Straton
Singirankabo Claude I
Ukwitegetse Seraphine

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.