Producer // Epiphanie Mukashyaka
Country // Rwanda
Region // Butare
Cultivar // Bourbon
Process // Wet Process
Elevation // 1600-1900 Meters
Harvest // May-July
Tasting Notes // Black Currant, Citrus, Structured
Cup Characteristics: A perfumey wisp of black currant starts the cup as refined notes of citrus zest keep it lofted. The body is structured and leads to a beautiful finish of caramel.
Sourcing Information: Coffee production is one of the main facets that allowed Rwanda and its people to be able to rebuild after the horrific tragedies during the 90s. The genocide suffered by the country was one of the worst in history, and the fact that a mere 20 years after the killing ended people are beginning to go back to some semblance of normal is nothing short of a miracle.
Rwanda is a country known for having one of the most exciting futures regarding coffee quality. We have seen the quality of samples coming from Rwanda get better with each passing year.
This lot of Bourbon from Bufcafe is an exemplary example of the beauty that Rwanda has to offer. After tragedy struck, Epiphanie Mukashyaka was determined to start anew and better her life through learning the steps it takes to produce spectacular coffee. With the assistance of USAID, she learned the principals of growing and processing coffee, was introduced to various coffee buyers, and shown ways to successfully manage a business. She learned her new trade very quickly, and eagerly applied herself and her new skills, creating what is today one of the most well-known and successful coffee businesses in Rwanda.
In 2007 she was able to open her second washing station, Remera, which this lot came from. Remera has been prized from the Cup of Excellence on numerous occasions. Through Remera, Muyashyaka is able to buy perfectly ripe cherry from thousands of small farmers throughout the Butare region.