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RWANDA
BUSHAKA VILLAGE - WASHED

RWANDA
BUSHAKA VILLAGE - WASHED

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Citrus Fruits & Brown Sugar

COOPAC is a Fair Trade–certified cooperative near Lake Kivu, on the steep slopes of volcanic mountains. Founded by Emmanuel Rwakagara, who also owns the Gishamwana Island coffee estate, COOPAC started with 110 farmers in April 2001 and now has over 2,000 members contributing coffee from various regions. With more than 50 washing stations along Lake Kivu, COOPAC exports 150 containers of Fair Trade-certified coffee annually.

COOPAC is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability alongside producing high-quality coffee. Processing waste is used as fertiliser rather than discarded into the lake, and shade trees are given to farmers to prevent soil erosion. COOPAC has helped build a school, health-care clinics, roads, and bridges in the community. The cooperative also has a program to distribute cows and goats to the most productive farmers and provides an agricultural advisor to teach the latest production methods.

The Kirorero washing station serves around 2,000 smallholder producers in Boneza and Musasa, about 800 of whom are women. The growers are organised into two first-tier cooperatives: KOTWIBAKABO and COPROCUCAMU.

These beans are from Bushaka Village smallholders, a community on the banks of Lake Kivu, bordering the Congo. Like most Rwandan coffee, these beans are traditionally washed, with sweet, clean, sugary citrus notes and an overall balanced cup.


COUNTRY:
Rwanda
REGION: Boneza, Rutsiro District, Western Province
FARM NAME / WET MILL: Kirorero Washing Station
PRODUCER: Smallholder members of COOPAC Cooperative
VARIETY / CULTIVAR: Bourbon
PROCESSING & FERMENTATION: Traditional Washed
MASL: 1800

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