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Region: Gasaka Sector, Nyamagabe
Notes: Black tea, baking spices, dried apricot
Coffee Story: This 100% Red Bourbon coffee was processed at Remera washing station. This washing station is owned by the wonderful Epiphanie Mukashyaka and her family of Buf Coffee, who MCM have been buying from since 2009. The washing station is located at approximately 1,935 metres above sea level in the District of Nyamagabe, in the Gasaka sector. Farmers contributing to the Remera washing station own farms that are on average 1,750–2,100 metres above sea level.
Buf Coffee was founded in 2000 by Epiphanie Mukashyaka, a dynamic business woman and a source of inspiration to countless other female entrepreneurs in Rwanda’s coffee sector and beyond. Buf is now managed by Mukashyaka – known to all as Epiphanie – and her son, Samuel Muhirwa, who has taken an active role in running and expanding the business. The name ‘Buf’ derives from ‘Bufundu’, the former name of the region in which its washing stations are located.
Epiphanie lost her husband, a child, and many extended family members in the horrific genocide in 1994. She was faced with the responsibility of caring for her seven surviving children and rebuilding their life. With a limited education and little money or support, Epiphanie, whose husband was a coffee farmer, decided to focus on coffee. She set about rebuilding and developing a business, and with it the local community. She started to learn more about speciality coffee with the assistance of the USAID-financed Partnership for Enhancing Agriculture in Rwanda through Linkages (PEARL) project, a transformational program aimed at switching the focus of the Rwandan coffee sector from an historic emphasis on quantity to one of quality, and thus opening up Rwanda to the far higher-earning specialty coffee market. The program and its successor, Sustaining Partnerships to Enhance Rural Enterprise and Agribusiness Development (SPREAD), have been invaluable in helping Rwanda’s small-scale coffee farmers rebuild their production in the wake of the genocide, and the world coffee crash, of the 1990s.
This coffee will be roasted fresh for you. Monastery will roast your coffee on Wednesday and dispatch on Thursday/Friday.