Echelon- Rwanda

Echelon- Rwanda

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Origin - Rwanda

Region - Coko sector, Gakenke district

Process - Natural

Producer - Musasa Dukunde Kawa Cooperative

Altitude - 1900-2200m

Variety - Red Bourbon

Tasting notes - Plum jam sweetness, strawberries and cream, galaxy chocolate. Balanced and intense

Cupping score - 87.25

A cooperative born in 2000 from two farmer associations, its initial member base was 300. Musasa Dukunde Kawa now comprises three washing stations, and has over 1,000 members. Most of these smallholder producers own less than a quarter of a hectare of land, where they cultivate an average of only 250 – 300 coffee trees each as well as other subsistence food crops such as maize and beans. Musasa Dukunde Kawa gives these farmers the chance to combine their harvests and process cherries centrally.

Farmers who work with Musasa Dukunde Kawa have seen their income at least double, and the co-op produces some outstanding lots for the specialty market year after year. ‘Musasa’ means ‘a place to make a bed’ and ‘Dukunde Kawa’ means ‘let’s love coffee’ in Kinyarwanda - a reference to the power of coffee to improve the lives of those in rural communities.