RWANDA BUF CAFE
Apple, Blackberry, Brown Sugar,
Stone Fruit, Lavender
Buf Cafe is a private washing station, owned and operated by the Muhirwa family, processing cherries from two distinct cooperatives in the Ginkongoro prefecture: Cobabakagi (1300 members) and Terimbere Kawa Yacu (between 400-600 members). They also collect cherries from farmers in other regions, siphoning away outside cooperative output by placing collection sites within the operating zones of other established groups.
Buf Cafe operates two separate washing stations – Nyrusiza and Remera. The larger of the two, Remera sits at 1950 meters, and on the drive there we reached hilltop elevations nearing 2200 meters. You can feel Buf Cafe’s elevation simply hiking around the mill, not to mention the endless vantage points stretching out hundreds of miles to the north from Buf’s verdant green box canyon setting. Processing here follows the Rwandan standard, with a floating tank sort, 8-12 hour dry fermentation, second sort for weight using water shoots, then a 24 hour soak prior to hand washing and hand sorting, concluded by placement on a dramatic tableau of raised drying beds on the mountain valley floor. Similar practices are followed at Nyarusiza. Contributing farmers grow Bourbon, Jackson, and Mbezi coffee varieties, a tree triumvirate ubiquitous across the coffee lands of Rwanda.
Region: Karabe Village
Station Owners: Muhirwa Family
Farmers: Local Small Holders
Altitude: 1,600 - 1,900 meters