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 Wimana Village
Wimana village coffee farms sit on Wimana hill with a view of Lake Kivu in the southwest and Nyungwe National park in its North-west. This coffee farm is at the altitude between 1800-2100 MASL, with ample rainfall, coffee favorable temperature patterns and rich volcanic soil and more than five decades coffee ecosystem. The planting density of this farm varies between 1800-2000-trees/hectare which is moderate and supports a sustainable ecosystem for the coffee. Between the rows of coffee trees, the soil is covered by cut weeds or dry banana leaves to keep the soil moist and protect it against erosion.
Wimana village farms are composed of smaller to much larger farms ranging from 200-2500 coffee trees each. Wimana coffee farmers prioritize maintaining the rich biodiversity in the area particularly Nyungwe natural forest that Wimana coffee spontaneously grows next to. Wimana village has a long coffee history and it has experienced overwhelming success in cupping trials.
Miriam is one of the farmers from Wimana village. As a little girl, Mariam’s family grew coffee but did not have a large land. Mariam, now 42 years old, remembers her parents taking her to the coffee farm on a daily basis especially during the harvest season. While she was too young to tell how coffee was different from other crops, she realized that her parents bought her new clothes and toys during that coffee season. She commented: “I always got new clothes when my parents had sold coffee.” After starting her own family, 16 years ago, she wanted to own a larger land and hopefully make coffee one of her main sources of income.
Her current 2,342 coffee-trees farm have already proven to be a reliable source of income and wants to expand the plantation and would like to learn more on how to improve the quality of coffee produced. This coffee produced by Miriam would be enough to satisfy annual coffee needs of about 150 families of regular coffee drinking families.
Size: Multiple Farms
Varietals: French Mission Bourbon
Altitude: 2150 MASL
Location: Lake Kivu Region, Rwanda
Cupping Notes: Washed Red Cherry, tootsie roll, cane sugar