Rwanda Nyungwe 567

Cooler nights due to the proximity of the forest, slows the ripening process. This contributes to the complexity of flavours in these coffee beans.

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Farm
Nyungwe 567

Preparation
Honey

Variety
Red Bourbon

Country
Rwanda

Tasting notes
Tasting notes of red plum, vanilla, banana, cola, lime, honey sweetness, fruity and spicy.

Nyungwe is situated in Nyamasheke District, specifically in Kagano Sector, Gako Cell, the station is managed by Daniel and is owned directly by RTC, it’s located at an altitude of 1680 meters above sea level, and expand over a total area of 2.5 hectares.The Station is very isolated and uniquely positioned at the start of a wide upsloping valley that stretches for 9 km deep leading to the largest rainforest in the country, the Nyungwe Forest, hence the name of the station itself.

Farmers cultivate their crops right up to the edge of the native forest, and all the farmers in the sector deliver their coffee cherries to this station.The station's surroundings are relatively level, with the processing facilities, storage, and nursery located on the slopes of the station.

The nearest village is Tyaso, the station was established in 2008 and later acquired by RTC in 2012, Nyungwe WS employs 6 permanent staff, including 2 women, and 35 seasonal workers, with 16 of them being women.

The station has an annual production target of 300 to 350 metric tons, but currently had purchased around 200 metric tons with three more weeks left in the season, they do not think they will reach the 300 MT target at the bottom of the bracket, 1,047 farmers are located in the area, all of them are delivering to the station or to the collection site along the valley.

Farmers are registered during group trainings organized throughout the year, with 29 groups involved. The average farm distance to the station varies, with some in Kagano sector being as close as 1/3 of a km and others in Rangiro sector having an average distance of around 4 km. The average farm size ranges from 150 to 3,000 coffee trees, with an overall average of 1,000 trees per farm.

Farmers use various means to transport their coffee, including bikes and walking. There are 11 collection points in the region. All registered farmers are part of the ATP (Agronomist Training Program).

Nyungwe produce and promotes the use of organic fertilizers, this often is mixed with chemical fertilizers provided by the government. The station draws clean water from a spring located on the hill behind, and the discharge water is treated after pulping. Organic husks and mucilage are removed in a pit via small stone filters. The clean water, which has a low pH, is neutralized by adding EM and Lime before being discharged into a local river.

A notable feature of the Nyungwe Station is its favourable climate, which is distinct from the rest of the country, the cooler than usual nights, caused by the proximity to the forest, slow down naturally the ripening process of the cherries, factor that contribute to the distinct complexity of flavours found in the lots produced here.

The station is on the edge of the sector, adjacent to the National Forest, where locals often encounter visits from baboons during their daily lives.

In addition to its primary operations, the station has a nursery on-site and distributed 100k trees in 2022, with plans to distribute 200k more after the 2023 harvest is finished. Nyungwe operates a Penagos cylinder with a capacity of 1 metric ton per hour, using a closed water circuit. There is also a Pinhalense Eco-pulper for the peak of the season, with a capacity of up to 2 metric tons per hour. The pulpers are powered by a generator, and honey is dried with 50% mucilage and in total the station has 49 raised beds for coffee processing.