Simbi Coffee Washing Station (Privately owned washing station, operated by Abdul Rudahunga)
Unknown (smallholder coffee farmers)
1710 – 1850 Meter
COFFEE GROWING IN RWANDA
Despite the tragedies of genocide and civil war which shook the world in 1994, Rwanda is an incredibly beautiful and culturally rich nation which also produces exceptionally good coffee. In Rwanda coffee has brought hope for a better future since those dark days and the country is now rightly heralded as a top producer of fine speciality coffee.
Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee growing conditions that include high altitude, regular rainfall, volcanic soils with good organic structure and an abundance of Bourbon coffee trees. The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders of which there are thought to be around half a million with parcels of land often not much larger than just one hectare per family. Coffee is grown in most parts of the country, with particularly large concentrations along Lake Kivu and in the southern province. Rwandan smallholders organise themselves into cooperatives and share the services of centralised wet-mills – or washing stations as they are known locally.
RWANDA SIMBI ADDITIONAL COFFEE INFORMATION
The Simbi Coffee washing station is located in the Huye district of Rwanda’s southern province and services 1,850 smallholder coffee farmers who all grow high quality Arabica red bourbon coffee.
Simbi is a privately owned washing station operated by Abdul Rudahunga, who was inspired to get into the coffee business by his grandmother. She was also a coffee farmer and one of the few rural Rwandans that roasted and enjoyed her own coffee as part of her daily routine.
Simbi Coffee Washing Station was built in 2011/2012, the season of 2013 was the first for this investor in the region. That season, Simbi Coffee Washing Station employs an average of 85 people over a period of three months, out of them around 80% are women.
In the Rwanda Cup of Excellence 2013, 2015 and 2018 the Simbi Coffee Washing Station provided many lots and had scores no lower than 86,78 points.
The cherries are well handpicked, washed, well sorted after fermentation step, fully sun dried on dry tables and hand sorted to ensure only the best coffee beans are processed.
The washing station was established as recently as 2013 with the construction of a 300 metric ton per season cherry processing facility, and a 2.8 tons per hour pulping machine. Following the pulping of freshly delivered cherry, the coffee is wet fermented and then the beans are sorted by density using water filled grading channels. The wet parchment is dried under cover for 24 hours before being moved to uncovered drying beds for an average of 15 days. During that period the coffee is continually hand sorted by an army of brightly clothed women who are meticulous in their removal of defect beans.
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