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Origin Rwanda Buf Ubumwe 2021

Origin Coffee Roasting - Rwanda Buf Café Ubumwe Washed

R 169.00

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Buf Cafe's story is as inspiring as their coffee is delicious. Despite being widowed in the Rwandan genocide of 1994, local businesswoman Epiphanie Mukashyaka decided to remain at the family coffee farm and got the local community involved in rebuilding the business. 

Since then, Buf Café has grown from supporting ~500 local farmers to buying coffee cherries from more than 7000 smallholding farmers in the greater region and has just completed the construction of their fourth washing station to keep up with demand. Today, Epiphanie is an integral part of the local community: she offers work and support to thousands of local women in the coffee industry and is an inspiration to countless female entrepreneurs in Rwanda.

This coffee comes from Ubumwe, Buf Café's newest washing station. The inclusion of a cupping lab at this washing station offers the local farming community the opportunity to be more involved in the quality control of their crop. Perhaps more importantly, it gives them access to continuous and immediate feedback on the coffees they are growing. Most local farmers only have about 300 trees, and this feedback allows them to get the highest quality and the best price for their harvest.

Phaedon’s tasting notes

I'm always excited for the annual return of Buf coffees, and last year our first Ubumwe lot was definitely one I enjoyed. Like its predecessors, this coffee is well-balanced and should appeal to many palates.

This coffee isn't overly bright. The acidity is more malic than citric, which should help it avoid offending any more traditionally-minded coffee lovers. It also has plenty of sweetness and body, with quite a few interesting flavours to discern. Having said that, to my palate, the flavour note that appeared in every cup was apple. Sometimes it was more green apple, sometimes more red apple, sometimes even baked apple, but I always thought that the coffee reminded me of the world's favourite autumnal fruit.

Origin's notes

  • Flavour: Toned-down blueberry, thyme, cascara, melted honey, black grape finish, long finish, custardy in milk-based espresso
  • Body: Milk chocolate
  • Roast: Light-Medium
  • Acidity: Soft and mellow
  • Suitable for: Versatile (except in plunger)

Coffee details

  • Washing Station: Buf Ubumwe (various collection points)
  • Owner: Epiphanie Mukashyaka
  • Varietals: 100% Red Bourbon
  • Processing:  Fully washed and sun-dried on raised African beds
  • Altitude: 1,550 to 1700 masl
  • Town/City:  Kigale
  • Region: Kamonyi District of Southern Province
  • Country: Rwanda