- February 2019
- Written by : J. Mlodzinski
Green Coffee Logistics Manager / Green Coffee Buyer
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.