Varietal: Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1700-2200 masl
Farmers: Small landholders
Producer: Maraba Cooperative
In the cup: Blueberry, strawberry, stone fruit, milk chocolate. Fruit bowl.
Sovu is one of Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa (Maraba) Cooperative’s washing stations which begun operating in 2005. It is currently Fairtrade certified and working towards both CAFE PRACTICE and UTZ certifications and collects coffee from 420 smallholder-members. The producers have formed a union in order to have access to fund for saving and provide credit amongst themselves.
A testament to their great coffee farming practices, the Sovu washing station has consistently ranked amongst the best coffees in Cup of Excellence, winning the national competition five times since its inception in 2008. (2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015).
The coffee farms are situated high in the green hills of the Huye Mountain (2,000masL) and benefit from a rich and fertile volcanic soil.
They are favoured by two wet and dry seasons every year with cool, stable temperatures creating a lush environment favorable to coffee farming.
(Info Courtesy of Inter-American Coffee)