Buhanga webpage

  • Region: Gisagara district, Southern province 
  • Founded: 2009 
  • Producers: 384, including 118 women 
  • Certifications: Fairtrade in progress
  • Varieties: Bourbon 
  • Soil type: Sandy clay
  • Harvest timeMarch to May
  • Shipment time: May to December
  • Elevation: 1542-1700m
  • Post-harvest processFully-washed at central washing station (owned by the cooperative); single fermentation (12-18 hours); 2 raised tables for handsorting; 51 raised beds for drying; parchment stored in ventilated warehouse (25MT capacity); waste water treatment tanks; coffee pulp transformed into compost and distributed to farmers. 
  • Quality and the cup: Fully Washed Arabica Grades A1 and A2. Apple, chocolate, chestnut, nice body, apple acidity

 

Summary

Buhanga is a small cooperative in the southern region of Rwanda near to the Burundian border, in an area surrounded by sunflower fields. The coop is named after the historic name of the region, as the members wanted to pass on a sense of the region’s cultural history to their children. 

Local tradition in this area is that when women marry, they receive land from their parents, meaning that female coffee farmers have been very involved in the cooperative from its very beginning. The cooperative owns 2 hectares of land around the washing station which they have planted with 6,000 coffee trees. The washing station has a new parchment store and pulping machine. Farmers are given credit with no interest which helps a lot with school fees.