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Yes, this year's Zirikana comes from some of the highest-elevation farms in Rwanda, and was subjected to the same meticulous processing that has made the country's coffees some of the cleanest and sweetest in Africa. But what is really exciting about this coffee is that it is helping fund a kindergarten for 168 children in the village of Nyarusiza where it was processed.
  • SKU Rwanda Zirikana
  • Country Rwanda
  • Region within Country Nyarusiza, Southern Province
  • Elevation 1850-2000 m
  • Farm Bufcoffee
  • Farmer / Producer Name Bufcoffee
  • Buyer J. Mlodzinski
  • Cultivar Bourbon
  • Harvest Time May-August 2019
  • Harvest Year 2019
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
In Season 1
Stone FruitGrapeLight Sugars

Rwanda Zirikana

What can we tell you about this year's Rwanda Zirikana? We could tell you that it was processed at Bufcoffee's washing station at Nyarusiza, where we have been buying coffee since 2006. We could tell you that it comes from some of the highest coffee farms in all of Rwanda. Or we could tell you that it reflects the hyper-meticulous approach to post-harvest processing and selection that have made Rwanda's coffees among the cleanest and sweetest in all of Africa. But what we really want to tell you about is how this coffee is helping to educate children in Nyarusiza.

Over the past 20 years, Epiphanie Mukashyaka and her son Samuel Muhirwa have been creating opportunities for small-scale family coffee farmers in Rwanda through their coffee processor and exporter, Bufcoffee. The company operates four coffee washing stations and purchases coffee cherry at 80 different points around the country, creating market opportunities for thousands of farmers every year. But two years ago, they set out to do something truly special — reinvest their earnings from sales of coffees like this one to create a model kindergarten in Nyarusiza. Today, 168 students are enrolled there, taught by 12 fully accredited, full-time teachers, and fed a nutritious daily lunch in the school cafeteria. Bufcoffee sees the school as a testament to coffee's potential to drive rural development in Rwanda. We couldn't agree more, and are delighted to play a small role in its success through the purchase of this coffee.

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.