Rwanda Fugi W
Washing Station QC Manager: Emmanuel Rusatira
Washing Station: Fugi
Region: Western Province, Rwanda
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1550 – 1800 MASL
Process: Fully Washed
Tasting notes: Date / Papaya / Green Apple
We are happy to be bringing in another coffee from our friend Emmanuel Rusatira in Rwanda. This coffee is from the same washing station that brought us the previous Fugi, however “Fugi W” is fully washed—giving it a very different, yet equally delicious taste profile compared the honey processed Fugi we’ve been offering for the past few months.
Emmanuel Rusatira, boasts over 20 years of experience as a washing station and quality control manager in Rwanda. In 2017, he finally decided to realize his long held dream of owning and operating his own washing stations under the name Baho or “Life” in Kinyarwanda, Rwanda’s national dialect. Emmanuel explained that after much struggle in life, including losing his parents in the genocide, he’s always sought to focus on life— “don’t lose hope,” he says. “Have life.”
In the two short seasons since he began with his four specialty washing stations, he’s doing incredible things. This is our third coffee brought in from the in from the 2019 harvest—many of you are already familiar with the Bugoyi, and the Fugi (honey processed) which we have now sold out of. The quality of these coffees is based on Emmanuel’s focus and meticulius protocol at the washing station level.
As is the case in many parts of Africa, Emmanuel operates by purchasing in cherry from 5,500 specialty grade small producers across three provinces. These small producers are REALLY small, bringing in an average of about 750 kilos of cherries each harvest, from an average tree base of 300-320 coffee trees. These producers tend to also subsist on other crops like potatoes, beans, banana, maize and
cassava. Unlike Ethiopia, intercropping is not as common, but with education and feedback from buyers and agronomists, producers are beginning to learn the benefits of this practice. Rwanda’s National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) works to set baseline prices for coffee that ensure producers are paid consistently for their product. That being said, for conventional grade coffee cherries, producers receive 240 francs/kg at the moment of drop off. This is the equivalent of 0.27USD/kg or 12 cents a pound for their cherries. With Baho, they receive double this – 480 francs/kg – but also receive premiums on quality later in the harvest based on the price the coffee is sold for.