Rwanda Ruli  (green)


Region: Ruashashi District
Town: Ruli Sector
Altitude: 1,500 - 2,000 metres above sea level
Variety: 100% Red bourbon
Processing: Fully washed
Owners: Small holders who are members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative
Farmers: Smallholder farmers that contribute to the Ruli washing station.

In the cup: Bright orange acidity with caramel sweetness and notes of stone fruit, date, chocolate and red apple. Very clean and crisp, with lingering sweetness.

Background: This coffee was produced at the Ruli Washing station, which lies high in Rwanda's rugged north-west in the town of Musasa, at around 1,800 metres above sea level.
Ruli is owned and managed by the Dukunde Kawa cooperative , which was established in 2000. In 2003 they built their first washing station, with the help of a development loan from the Rwandan government and the support of the PEARL project. This transformational programme was aimed at switching the focus in the Rwandan coffee sector from an historic emphasis on quantity to one of quality - and so opening up Rwanda to the far higher-earning specialty coffee market. The programme and its successor, SPREAD, have been invaluable in helping Rwanda's small-scale coffee farmers to rebuild their production in the wake of the devastating 1994 genocide and the 1990s world coffee crash.

Dukunde Kawa now own three washing stations (Ruli (previously known as Gatagara), Mblima and Nkara) and is one of Rwanda's larger cooperatives, with 1,815 members this year. All of Dukunde Kawa's members are very small scale producers who typically own less than a quarter of a hectare of land, where they cultivate an average of only 250 - 300 coffee trees each along with other subsistence food crops such as maize and beans.

By selling their coffee to Dukunde Kawa, these small scale farmers are able to combine their harvests into large enough quantities for export and process cherries centrally. Before the proliferation of washing stations and cooperatives in Rwanda such as Dukunde Kawa, the norm in Rwanda was for small farmers to sell semi-processed cherries on to a middleman - and the market was dominated by a single exporter. This commodity-focused system - coupled with declining world prices in the 1990s - brought severe hardship to farmers, some of whom abandoned coffee entirely.

Today, it's a different picture. Farmers who work with Dukunde Kawa have seen their income at least double, and the co-op produces outstanding lots for us year after year. 'Dukunde Kawa' means 'love coffee' in Kinyarwanda (Rwanda's official language) - in reference to the power of coffee to improve the lives of those in rural communities.

The level of care that is taken in processing this coffee is very impressive. Cherries are hand picked only when fully ripe and then pulped that same evening using a mechanical pulper that divides the beans into three grades by weight. After pulping the coffee is fermented overnight (for around 12 hours) and then graded again using flotation channels that sort the coffee by weight (heaviest usually being the best). The wet parchment is then soaked in water for around 24 hours.
The washed beans are then moved from the wet fermentation tanks onto the pre-drying tables in the shade, where they are intensively sorted for around six hours. The idea is that greens (unripes) are still visible when the beans are damp, while the roofs over the tables protect the beans from the direct sunlight. Next, the beans are moved onto the drying tables for around 14 days (depending on the weather), where they are sorted again for defects, turned regularly and protected from rain and the midday sun by covers. The coffee is then stored in parchment in Dukunde Kawa's purpose-built warehouse prior to final dry-milling and hand-sorting in Kigali.

This lot from the Ruli washing station is only 38 bags in size and we selected it because it shone on the cupping table. It was also recognised in the 2014 Cup of Excellence, winning 8th place!

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Rwanda Ruli (green)

In the cup: Bright orange acidity with caramel sweetness and notes of stone fruit, date, chocolate and red apple. Very clean and crisp, with lingering sweetness.

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