28 Jun '12, 7pm

Rwanda Profiles: Abahuzamugambi Cooperative @fairtradeusa @unionroasted @Wcoffeeresearch

Rwanda Profiles: Abahuzamugambi Cooperative @fairtradeusa @unionroasted @Wcoffeeresearch

When we say this washing station is “lush and tropical”, we mean it. There is plenty of water here; Cyrumbo is dug into a hillside, and diverts ample amounts of water into holding tanks via the gracious force of gravity. The hillside home of Cyrumbo is teeming with life, a symphony of bird calls offset by a literally dizzying amount of giant ants scuttling across the clay. This washing station is keenly focused on detail, as a means of ensuring quality coffee that can be sold at a premium price not attached to the international C-markets. Coffees here are repeatedly selected and sorted for defect: first at home by cooperative members, who separate defective cherries before being paid for their yield weight (a process that is checked by control agents at the cooperative prior to payment); the cherries are then “floated”, put into a tank where defects and bug damage will cau...

Full article: http://sprudge.com/rwanda-profiles-abahuzamugambi-coopera...

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