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.