In Rwanda, coffee has brought hope for a better future since the dark days of Civil War that shook the country back in 1994. Coffee has been used as a vehicle for positive change in the years that have followed, and the country is now rightly heralded as a top producer of fine specialty coffee.
Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee growing conditions that include high altitude, regular rainfall, volcanic soils with good organic structure and an abundance of Bourbon. The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders of which there are thought to be around half a million, with parcels of land often not much larger than just one hectare per family, with an average of approximately 180 trees eachThe Mwasa washing station is owned by 10 individuals but has 600 members who deliver their coffee and use the services of this washing station. High altitude and pure Bourbon are factors that almost guarantee fantastically complex coffees – Mwasa has gained a reputation for producing great quality since featuring in the top ten of the Cup of Excellence in 2010.