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Buf Ubumwe Lot 1

Buf Ubumwe Lot 1
Buf Ubumwe Lot 1

RWANDA
Single Origin | Omni

Blackberry Jam. Red Apple. Elderflower.

Region
Varietal
Process
Altitude
:  Kamonyi District, Southern Province Rwanda
:  100% Red Bourbon
:  Natural
:  1550 to 1700 Metres

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RWANDA
Single Origin | Omni

Blackberry Jam. Red Apple. Elderflower.

Region
Varietal
Process
Altitude
:  Kamonyi District, Southern Province Rwanda
:  100% Red Bourbon
:  Natural
:  1550 to 1700 Metres

 

This 100% Red Bourbon coffee was processed at Buf Coffee’s Ubumwe washing station (the fourth to be established by Buf), located at around 1,600 metres above sea level near the capital of Kigali. Buf Café was founded in 2003 by Epiphanie Mukashyaka, a dynamic businesswoman and a source of inspiration to countless other female entrepreneurs in Rwanda’s coffee sector and beyond. Buf is now managed by Epiphanie and her son, Samuel Muhirwa, who takes an active role in running and expanding the business. The title ‘Buf’ derives from ‘Bufundu’, the former name of the region in which its washing stations are located.

Buf Coffee’s forth coffee washing station (CWS) is called Ubumwe CWS, located in the Kamonyi District which is only 20 minutes far away from the capital city Kigali. This CWS had fallen into disrepair until Buf rescued it to serve the surrounding population of smallholder farmers. The majority of the small farmers in the area have an average of only 300 coffee trees (less than a quarter of a hectare) and use some of their land to cultivate other crops such as maize and beans to feed themselves and their families. Most of their income from the sale of coffee is used to take their children to school, pay for medical care and for investment in livestock such as a cow for milk, both for use in the home and for sale locally.

The level of care that all Buf washing stations take over their processing is impressive. Cherries are hand-picked only when fully ripe and go through stringent sorting at all stages of processing. This lot is particularly rare. Rwanda is not well-known for its naturally processed coffees, as the government’s coffee program (post 1990s turmoil) has typically focused on wet processing as a means of achieving higher quality. As such, washing stations have been dissuaded from using the natural method, due to its traditional association with lower grade coffees. With the rise of specialty coffee, of course, it has become apparent that when undertaken with care and attention, natural processing can result in coffee of astonishing and unique quality. This exceptional lot illustrates the best that natural processing has to offer perfectly. It’s boozy, fruity profile is clean and sweet without a trace of over-ferment.

This is Dutch Colony first purchase of Buf Ubumwe of Rwanda and with such a crystal clear flavours that have both clarity and sweetness, it will definitely not be the last you see us having this available again in our roastery. 

Buf Ubumwe Lot 1
Buf Ubumwe Lot 1
Buf Ubumwe Lot 1
Buf Ubumwe Lot 1

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