WASHING STATION – Rwanda Kirezi
ALTITUDE – 1,649 masl
LOCATION – Nyanza District of the Southern Province, Rwanda
PREPARATION – Fully washed and sun dried on raised African drying beds
VARIETY – Red Bourbon
HARVEST – March to July
SHIPMENT – May to September
The Rwanda Kirezi Cooperative is located in the Nyanza District of the Southern Province of Rwanda. The altitude of the coffee grown in this area ranges from 1,550 to 1,700 masl. The station was established by just 6 cooperative members in 1996 but has now grown to 357 members in 2014. The coffee is entirely high quality bourbon which combines with the high altitude to produce beautiful complex flavours in the cup.
In the early years Kirezi produced only semi-washed coffee of low and inconsistent quality. However in 2010 the members started to work with Techno Serve, an NGO focused on assisting farmers with technical support and quality improvement, the results of which would command higher prices in the speciality coffee market. At this point Kirezi began operating as a fully washed station and started to work with our coffee importer’s sister company, The Rwanda Trading Company who was able to provide operating capital to support the farmers. Their efforts were recognised and rewarded by producing a lot that featured in the finalists of the Cup of Excellence.