COFFEE: BUF Nyarusiza #14
VARIETAL: Red Bourbon
PROCESSING: Fully washed & sun dried on raised beds
ALTITUDE: 1700 -1900 masl
OWNER: Epiphanie Mukashiaka
LOCATION: Between Butare and Cyangugu, Kamegeri sector, Nyamagabe District of Southers Province, Rwanda
Buf Cafe was founded in 2003 by Epiphanie Mukashiaka, a dynamic businesswoman and a source of inspiration to countless female entepreneurs in Rwanda's coffee sector and beyond.
Epiphane lost her husband during 1994 genocide but chose not to leave her family's small coffee farm. Instead she set out about rebuilding and developing her business and with it the local community.
In the wake of the genocide in '94 and the subsequent coffee crash of the late '90's many small farmers were driven to the wall, but with the advent of superlative programmes such as PEARL and SPREAD, which allowed them to process cherries centrally, a specialty coffee industry was born allowing them to cut out middlemen and to effectively double their incomes. To grow Specialty Grade you have to be good and you have to be exact. This is amply demonstrated by the Musasa Ruli washing station where the coffee is pulped, fermented, graded and soaked for 24hrs . It is then pre-dried and finally spread out on raised African Beds until it reaches 11% humidity. I don't know, but I like to think, that Musasa means a raised coffee bed. I've never seen one, but I like to think I might. Sometime.
Well balanced, long finish, velvety body.
Chocolate, dried fruit ( raisin, black cherry, plum?)
Great example of Rwandan Bourbon at darker roast.