Coffee: Buf Nyarusiza 100% Red Bourbon
Farm: Buf Café’s Nyarusiza washing station and surrounding smallholder farmers
Varietal: 100% Red Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed and sun-dried on African raised beds
Owner: Epiphanie Mukashyaka
Altitude: 1750 metres above sea level
City: Between Butare and Cyangugu
Region: Nyamagabe district, Southern Province
This 100% red bourbon coffee was processed at Buf Café’s Nyarusiza washing station, at 1,750 metres above sea level in the south of Rwanda.
In Rwanda it is the washing stations that the name of the coffee is associated with. Buf Cafe coffee station, was founded in 2003 by Epiphanie Mukashyak, an inspiring business woman. Epiphanie was widowed during the 1994 genocide – which claimed over 800,000 lives in 3 months – but chose not to leave the family coffee farm. Instead she set about rebuilding the business and acquired a loan from the Rwandan Development Bank with the assistance of the USAID-financed PEARL project she established the Remera and Nyarusiza coffee stations. This transformational programme’s aim is to shift the mindset of coffee farmers from quantity to creating quality coffees – and therefore opening up Rwanda to the far higher earning specialty coffee market.
Buf has strong links with the community that supplies it, employing 116 people during harvest alongside 10 permanent positions. Any surplus profits from the season will go back to the cooperatives and managers that work alongside them. The smallholders are generally subsistence farmers, with 300 coffee trees each on average and other crops such as maize. Most of the income from their coffee goes back to re-investing in their livelihoods, such as a cow for milk or taking children to school.
Notes: lime acidity, a rhubarb earthiness and calm malty body. Balanced and delicious.