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Rwanda Karamba

General Info:​

Importer: COFFEEMAXGREEN

Trader: Nordic Approach

Origin: Rwanda

Region: West province > Karongi & Rutsiro district

Variety: Bourbon 

Altitude: 1720 – 1800 meters

Process: Washed

About

The name Karamba, besides it sounding like the shout “AY KARAMBA!!”, is actually a mix of the 2 PB lots it is build from.

The first lot is from the Karora washing station, it’s cherries brought in from the local small holder farmers in Kibuye Town.
The second lot originates from Rugamba washing station, the cherries brought in from the same nearby Kibuye Town.

A lot of great coffees are going to “waste” in the milling process.
Meaning when the producer is milling our “micro” lots by screen size 15 and up for our regular export, the screens 14 and 15 and the peaberries are sold at a really low price as undergrades.
Not because they are bad coffees, but because there is traditionally no one that’s buying these screen sizes as specialty. Even if they taste great.
So with this lot we are saving the PB takeouts from our regular lots and mixing them together to buy them at a lower premium.

The result is great, they are cupping well. It’s also great for the producer as he will get additional premiums for all the hard work he is putting in to his production of specialty. Before the cherries go in to production they are selected and sorted by density and hand sorting.

Karora and Rugamba washing station:

This PB lot is combined effort between 2 washing stations and is the PB take out of our other screen size 15+ lots.

Karora washing station:

This station is owned by a cooperative of coffee farmers and was established in 2014 and operated it’s first season that year. This is a region where each family takes a coffee farm with pride, 19 coffee farmers came together and realized an opportunity to invest in their community and process their own coffee.

This washing station is located in the West province in the Karongi district. Altitude: 1735-1800 masl
The variety is bourbon and the preparation is fully washed with wet fermentation and is sun dried on raised beds.
Using a Pennagos pulping machine.
The harvest runs from March – June.

Rugamba washing station:

The Rugamba wet mill was constructed in 2009 and is located on the shores of Lake Kivu where they process cherries grown i nthe hills surrounding the lake and a high altitude in a rich volcanic soil.

The station is equiped with a 3-disk McKinnon pulping machine, fermentation tanks and drying beds. They receive coffees from over 1500 farmers.

This washing station is located in the West province in the Rutsiro district. Altitude: 1720 masl
The variety is bourbon and the preparation is fully washed with wet fermentation and is sun dried on raised beds.
Using a 3-disk McKinnon pulping machine.
The harvest runs from March – June.

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