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Fugi Urakoze Umusaza

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Description

Low Oxygen Washed Red Bourbon ¹
Nyaraguru District, Southern Province, Rwanda ²
Farmers: Protais Ntanyundo, Paulin Kamageli
Washing Station: Fugi of Baho Coffee ³

Urakoze Umusaza translates roughly from Kinyrwanda to "Thank you, Old Man" and is a name of reverence and respect for the senior generation of coffee producers who deliver cherries to the Fugi Washing Station. As a result of the tragic genocide of 1994, there remain very few smallholder coffee farmers of age and Emmanuel at Baho Coffee set up this group in order to bring these producers together and to give respect and recognition to their work and history. Since 2020, Semilla and Baho have worked on creating deeply traceable coffees by developing identity groups such as Urakoze Umusaza that allows for PS to buy year over year from single producers or small producers groups, something this is unheard of in Rwanda where lots are typically purchased by washing station name only.

In addition to paying prices high above the national farmgate price, Baho also offers second payments in the dry season, offers cash advances against cherry to purchase fertilizer, and provides personal protective equipment to the smallholders. This particular lot is incredibly unique due to its long fermentation which gives deep notes of rich Puer tea and a backbone of stonefruit and florals.

¹ Processing

Ripe cherries are hand sorted and fermented overnight before being depulped and then sealed into plastic barrels for 72 hours. The coffee is then turned out onto raised drying beds, covered during hot sunshine and rainfall. While the coffee dries, it is once again hand-sorted and turned continuously. When the coffee reaches 20-22% moisture, it is covered and rests for 5 days to accentuate fruit aromas after which it is reopened and dried down to 15%. Once at 15% moisture is taken to the warehouse for another 5 days resting in cool humidity before bringing it back to the drying table and to dry down to 11% MC.

² Region of Origin

Southern Province, Nyaraguru District

³ Fugi Washing Station of Baho Coffee

Fugi is quickly becoming a favourite of ours in the Baho network, producing consistently excellent washed and natural lots. Located in the Southern Province of Rwanda, it is nestled between the Nyungwe National Forest and the border of Burundi.

It’s the second smallest station in the Baho collection, purchasing cherry from approximately 950 smallholder farmers in total. This washing station produces approximately 900 bags of exportable specialty-grade coffee each year.

Founded by Emmanuel Rusatira and his family after nearly 20 years of working in washing stations, Emmanuel established Baho Coffee to freely focus his energy on implementing his own philosophies and pushing high-quality protocols with multiple washing stations across the country.

Baho works with diverse groups of small producers who deliver coffee cherries to their washing stations for prices far above the national mandated price. They then undertake the work of processing these coffees to parchment for export.

Many coffee producers have no idea where their coffee ends up or what it tastes like.

This is not that coffee.

Baho Coffee's Urakoze Umusaza

Urakoze Umusaza translates roughly from Kinyrwanda to Thank you, Old Man and is a name of reverence and respect for the senior generation of coffee producers who deliver cherries to the Fugi Washing Station. As a result of the tragic genocide of 1994, there remain very few smallholder coffee farmers of age and Emmanuel at Baho Coffee set up this group in order to bring these producers together and to give respect and recognition to their work and history.

Since 2020, Semilla and Baho have worked on creating deeply traceable coffees by developing identity groups such as Urakoze Umusaza that allows for PS to buy year over year from single producers or small producers groups, something this is unheard of in Rwanda where lots are typically purchased by washing station name only.


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