RWANDA - Musasa

RWANDA - Musasa
Tasting Notes

Orange acidity flowing into a rich sweetness book ended with textures of red apple and chocolate. Clean and crisp with a long finish.


Country : Rwanda
 Vintage : 2014
Region : Ruashashi District
 Altitude : 1750 m
Farm : Ruli Sector
 Varietal : Red Bourbon
Farmer : Various smallholders
 Processing : Fully Washed


In 2003 Musasa built its first washing station. Now it is one of Rwanda’s largest cooperatives, with 1815 members this year, 80% of whom are women and Musasa produces truly exceptional lots year after year. We put this down to a very special combination of ideal growing conditions, 100% red bourbon coffee trees and meticulous attention to detail by individual farmers, for whom every single bean counts.

Musasa Cooperative (also known as the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative) was legally incorporated in 2002 and is located in Ruli sector, Rushashi district. 'Dukunde Kawa' means 'love coffee' in Kinyarwanda (Rwanda's official language).

The cooperative now has 3 pulping stations (Ruli, Mblima and Nkara) to process the deliveries of red cherries. Annual production is around 100-120 tons of green coffee. The cooperative gives these 2000 or so tiny producers the chance to combine their harvests and so sell their coffee directly to the international market. This has drastically increased the quality of life for Musasa’s members, often more than doubling their income. Moreover, by operating in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner, the cooperative has ensured that future generations of Rwandans will be able to obtain a decent quality of life through the coffee industry. Musasa is part of a network of cooperatives assisted by the US-sponsored PEARL Project, which does invaluable work helping Rwanda’s small-scale coffee farmers to rebuild their production in the wake of the 1994 genocide and the 1990s world coffee crash.

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