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Sprudge Classics - Rwanda Profiles: Laetitia Mukandahiro

Ms. Mukandahiro was born in the village of Musasa, which is located near the noted Dukendekawa washing station. She started out as a hand picker at that washing station, but soon received training as a cupper; her keen palate distinguished her from her peers, and soon after she was hired by Gilbert Gatali, then head of the Rwanda Smallholder Specialty Coffee Company (RWASHOSCCO). She’s since gone on to serve on multiple COE juries in Rwanda, and is now the head cupper for KZ Noir, a company that owns several quality-driven washing stations in western Rwanda, and whose Rwanda operations are helmed by Mr. Gatli (who we’ve profiled in further depth here ). She cups with a focus and casual ferocity that is anathema to the cupping-as-machismo antics commonly observed in the West; she will lap you on the table, and she’s thinking and processing for cup quality and defect twice a...

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