10 SPEED - very complex coffee
region: WESTERN PROVINCE
producer: BUHORO VILLAGE
tasting notes: LEMON MERINGUE, PEACH, GRAPEFRUIT
12oz / wholebean only / FREE SHIPPING
narrative: Literally translated as “Slowly,” Buhoro village coffee farms are situated on a steep slope at high elevation (between 1700-2200 MASL) as a continuation of the Muzimu mountain, the highest peak in the Western Province of Rwanda. This mountain is part of Nyungwe equatorial forest that affords Buhoro coffee farms with ideal rainfalls and temperatures favorable to producing world-class quality coffee. Coffee farmers in Buhoro are typically multi-generational small-scale landholders with coffee farms ranging from 150 to 2500 coffee trees. Due to the village topography, Buhoro coffee farms require hard work from the farmers but the volcanic soil of the region provides rich soil diversity that ensures the highest levels of quality and quantity of production. Coffee cherries from Buhoro farms are harvested and sold to centralized washing stations that serve to process the coffee and support getting the coffees to market.
A Farmer Story
Godelive and Paulin, took up coffee farming in 1965 to provide a consistent and sustainable means of income to support their young Family. They have 3 daughters and 4 sons who grew up on their farm and currently plantations of their own in the same area. Godelive has worked with Gasharu coffee for more than two decades and has benefited from the Gasharu coffee model that provides access small loans before the coffee harvest season. This model allows families to solve household basic problems such as health insurance and children schooling. The family currently owns and operates three coffee plantations with current crop consisting of 3684 coffee trees.