- February 2020
- Written by : J. Mlodzinski
Green Coffee Logistics Manager / Green Coffee Buyer
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.