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.
The majority of government investment in the Rwandan coffee industry goes towards the development of washed coffees. This means that Rwandan naturals can be quite hard to come by, but when we do find them, they are some of the most spectacular naturals that we get (it was, after all, a Rwandan Natural that won Winston Thomas his most recent South African Barista Championship title). Needless to say, we can't wait to experiment with this one and see what sort of brews we get.
If you are curious about coffee processing, Origin Coffee Roasting also has a washed coffee from Buf Café. 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
A Rwandan natural is something I would get excited about from any producer, but when I spotted my sample bag label, I was particularly thrilled to taste my first natural from Buf Café! It didn't disappoint either.
This coffee is complex. It's also surprisingly delicate for a natural-processed coffee. It's just bursting with fruit flavours, but there are also some intriguing herbal infusion type of notes. It's very sweet, with a mellow malic acidity that really hits the spot. I would encourage you to immersion brew this one, but longer/bigger batch filter should also work well!
- Flavour: Black forest cake (chocolate & cherries), blueberry, hibiscus
- Body: Smooth & elegant
- Roast: Light-Medium
- Acidity: Mellow, baked apple
- Suitable for: AeroPress, siphon, pourover, Chemex
- Washing Station: Buf Umurage (various collection points)
- Owner: Epiphanie Mukashyaka
- Varietals: 100% Red Bourbon
- Processing: Natural and sun-dried on raised African beds
- Altitude: 1,750 to 2,100 masl
- Town/City: Kigoma Sector
- Region: Huye District of Southern Province
- Country: Rwanda