This is our first year sourcing coffee from Africa, and we’ve just been blown away by the quality and attention to detail at every step in the process. Sample quality is sterling, radiant with citric acids and tropical fruit, and defined by cleanliness, each coffee in full possession of unique, transportive qualities.
Today, Gasharu Coffee operates three washing stations, is composed of 386 producer-members, structured by twelve main villages, employs six full time and 120-150 part-time workers during the peak of the crop, 70% of employees are women. Gasharu Coffee is fully committed to producing high-quality coffee using environmentally and culturally sustainable practices, providing good living standards to the members of its community, always working towards improvement of its coffee and the conditions of those who grow it.
Meet Buhoro Village
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.
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.
Size: Multiple Farms
Varietals: French Mission Bourbon
Altitude: 2150 MASL
Location: Lake Kivu Region, Rwanda
Cupping Notes: Bright acidity, stone fruits, bergamot yellow peach, round, full
We are currently selling Buhoro Village in 1, 5, and 25 lb quantities online. If you would like to purchase larger quantities (i.e., by the bag or pallet) or would simply like to learn more please Contact Us , we would love to hear from you!