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Origin Coffee Roasting - Rwanda Buf Cafe Coffee Beans

Origin Coffee Roasting - Rwanda Buf Umurage

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Origin Coffee Roasting has a wonderfully fruitful partnership with Buf Café - a Rwandan business that inspires both with the quality of what it produces and with its story. It was founded by a widow of the Rwandan genocide who took it upon herself to rebuild the small coffee farm she was left with as well as the community around her. Buf Café is now comprised of multiple washing stations and purchases coffee cherries from ~7,000 smallholder farmers as well as three local cooperatives, while also planting its own crops.

This particular lot from, the first from the Umurage BUF washing station that we've tasted, is actually quite different from some of the other lots. Despite its light roast, it's got lots of body. It's sugary sweet, and while it is fruity, the coffee's acidity is a little more muted than what we've come to expect from BUF - erring more towards malic acid than citric. The flavours we detect in the coffee are on the stone fruit spectrum, with very ripe apricots coming to mind both on the cupping table, in siphons and in pour-overs, which is how we enjoyed the coffee most.

Roaster's notes

  • Flavour: Sugar-cane, Cranberry, Pear
  • Body: Light-Medium, Smooth
  • Roast: Light
  • Acidity: Tart, Apple
  • Suitable for: Aeropress, Moka Pot, Espresso

Coffee details

  • 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
  • Avg. size of farms: .39 hectares
    Prizes (all washing
    • 2008, #7, #18 & #23 COE Rwanda
    • 2011, #23 & #36 COE Rwanda
    • 2012, #7, #12 & #19 COE Rwanda
    • 2014, #14 & #24 COE Rwanda
    • 2016, #3, #4, #11, #20 COE Rwanda