|PRODUCER||Musasa Dukunde Kawa Cooperative|
|REGION||Ruli Sector, Gakenke District of Northern Province|
|VARIETY||100% Red Bourbon|
|TASTES LIKE||Delicate kumquat and orange blossom|
Roasted one business day after order.
The Musasa Dukunde Kawa cooperative has three washing stations lying high in Rwanda’s rugged northwest. Nkara, the cooperative’s third washing station, was built by the co-op in 2007 with profits earned from their first two washing stations, Ruli & Mblima and a bank loan.
Before the proliferation of washing stations such as Nkara, 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 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.