In Rwanda, we work alongside with Muraho Trading Co and it's exporters. This partnership helps affiliate co-operatives increase their quality of production, fetch a higher price for their coffee, and introduces them to new markets. This will be a continuous work in progress in the coming years, as we gain a greater understanding of the particular challenges Rwandan coffee producers face.
The Rugali washing station is situated on the shores of Lake Kivu, the drying conditions and windflow here are ideal for ensuring optimal post-pulp drying. Coffee is laid on the drying beds between 12pm and 3pm, to ensure maximum exposure to the sun during the warmest time of the day.
Operational since 2016, Rugali has become an impactful example of a successful washing station for the specialty coffee market. It is a station that has in just a few years produced coffees that have been used in competitions worldwide, and put the Nyamasheke District on the map for high-quality processed Rwandan coffees. The station is located close to its smaller sister station, Kilimbi. These two stations were the first stations in Rwanda to legally export natural and honey processed coffees.