The Mutovu coffee station was established in 2012 in the Nyamasheke area of Western Rwanda. It is in an ideal area for growing coffee with rich soils, and with so many smallholder coffee farmers. It's also a central location for a coffee washing station. The wet mill sits at 1800 meters, with coffee being grown in the area up to 1950 meters. Mutovu Coffee is fairly small compared to many of the other coops and washing stations in the area with estimated output this year at 2 containers of coffee (roughly 85,000 lbs of milled coffee - twice the amount from when they started). Each farmer supplies their own cherries to the station, as well as collects cherries from their neighbors. Each year they are making improvements at the mill such as upgraded milling equipment, new drying beds and a brand new warehouse to better store their parchment coffee. They received CAFE Practices certification too, part of which means they are separating process batches by day of delivery, a first step in identifying different levels of quality.
This is another beautiful Farm Gate coffee that is good for espresso.
Cupping Notes: Pancake and sorghum syrup, burnt caramel, raisin and wood spice notes
Brew Recommendations: Drip, French Press, pour over, espresso
Farm Gate Coffee: Farmers paid at least 50% above Fair Trade
Region: Nyamasheke, Western Province
Altitude: 1950 meters
Process: Wet processed (washed) and patio sun-dried on raised beds
Equity Pricing (EP) Levels
Sustaining Level: $16 per 12 oz bag (check out subscriptions for deep discounts) | More info below
Uplifting Level: $20 per 12 oz bag (check out subscriptions for deep discounts) | More info below
Benefacting Level: $24 per 12 oz bag (check out subscriptions for deep discounts) | More info below