We receive fresh deliveries of these coffee beans several times per week. Please allow up to 2-3 working days after you order for dispatch in case we need to wait for the next delivery.
Buf Cafe's story is as inspiring as their coffee is delicious. Despite being widowed in the Rwandan tragedies 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 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 particular lot is from the Umurage washing station which purchases coffee cherries from 412 registered smallholder farmers as well as three local cooperatives. It is a fully washed lot, as are most Rwandan exported coffees and is a product of the stringent quality control of the Buf operation, as well as the proactive education of the farmers who have cultivated the crops.
If you are curious about the effect of coffee processing on flavour, Origin Coffee Roasting also has a natural coffee from Buf Umurage. Why don't you take this unique opportunity to taste a natural coffee and a washed coffee from the same producer, side by side?
Phaedon’s tasting notes
I'm always happy to see a new release from any one of the Buf washing stations. Their coffees have provided many delicious cups over the 6+ years I've now worked with Origin. They epitomise everything that is great about Rwandan coffee. They're bold, juicy and sweet, while also being refined and elegant. This one is no exception.
This coffee absolutely dazzled me in a French press. It was bursting with citrus flavours like orange and grapefruit, as well as stone fruit flavours like peach. If you're going to brew it any particular way, that should be your first choice. Having said that, it had lovely cups to offer when brewed with my siphon or as a V60 pour-over as well, not to mention a nice big batch brew on the MoccaMaster. I found the filtered brews offered more citrus than stone fruit flavours, but no less delicious. It also made a pretty mean moka pot.
- Flavour: Black tea, peach, crispy apple, chocolate-malt-candy body
- Body: Chocolate-malt-candy
- Roast: Light-Medium
- Acidity: Soft, grapefruit
- Suitable for: Plunger, pour-over, espresso variations
- Washing Station: Buf Umurage (various collection points)
- Owner: Epiphanie Mukashyaka
- Varietals: 100% Red Bourbon
- Processing: Fully washed and sun-dried on raised beds
- Altitude: 1,600 to 1,800 masl
- Town/City: Kigoma Sector
- Region: Huye District of Southern Province
- Country: Rwanda