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We have been lucky enough to enjoy many delicious coffees from the Buf Cafe organisation and group of washing stations over the years, including a couple just a few months ago. They never disappoint, offering wonderful flavours and inspiring stories of entrepreneurship. You can learn more about this particular lot and the organisation that made it possible below.
About Buf Cafe
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.
Empowering women who grow coffee
The cherries for this coffee came 40 women-owned coffee farms that belong to the Mutegarugorikundakawa (‘Women Love Coffee’) group that aims to empower women to farm coffee as a source of income. The lot was assessed and certified by Buf Cafe, an organisation whose credentials are pretty impressive. They have produced Cup of Excellence award winning lots at least a dozen times in the last few years!
After picking the cherries undergo meticulous sorting and grading all the way until the parchment stage. Hand sorting is done at the fermentation stage and multiple times during the drying phase to make sure all the defects are removed.
Phaedon's tasting notes
I've never tasted a Buf Cafe lot that I didn't enjoy, though I may now have tasted one that surprised me. The flavours in this one were not what I've grown accustomed to. It's quite tropical! I found what I identified as pineapple in my French press brew (which was definitely my favourite method for this coffee) and possibly a hint of litchi. I also found this coffee did best with nice long steeps, and had more to offer when not paper-filtered, allowing all those delicious oils and accompanying aromas to come through in the cup. It also makes a stunning moka pot or siphon with more citrus flavours.
- Flavour: Pecan, chocolate, red grape, unrefined sugar (aka molasses), sweet grapefruit
- Body: Sticky chocolate
- Roast: Light-medium
- Acidity: Balanced, orange
- Suitable for: Pour-over, plunger, AeroPress, moka pot, milk-based espresso
- Washing Station: Buf Remera
- Owner: 40 women-owned farms of the Mutegarugorikundakawa (Women Love Coffee) group
- Varieties: Bourbon Mayaguez>
- Processing:Fully washed sun dried on raised beds
- Altitude: 1,700–1,900 masl
- Region: Muganza, Gasaka Kibirizi Sector, Nyamagabe District, Southern Province