Musasa Dukunde Kawa
COFFEE: Musasa Dukunde Kawa Ruli
VARIETAL: Red Bourbon
PROCESSING: Fully washed & sun dried on raised beds
ALTITUDE: 1700 -2000 masl
OWNER: Musasa cooperative (2148 smallholder farms)
LOCATION: Ruli, Ruli Sector, Gakenke district, Northern Province, Rwanda
Musasa means 'a place to make a bed' and Dukunde Kawa means 'let's love coffee', in the local language Kinyarwanda. That could sound sweet, or naff depending on your sensibilities, but one thing it does reflect is the importance of coffee to the co-operative members of Musasa Dukunde Kawa whose processing station lies at 1999 masl. Personally, I would have raised it a meter.
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, fig?)
Great example of Rwandan Bourbon at darker roast.