Among the rolling hills in the heart of Rwanda, you’ll find the Muzo Washing Station, owned by Emmanuel Rusatira’s company, Baho Coffee. They provide a wide array of benefits to the farmers who bring coffee cherries to their washing stations such as extensive training, inputs (like fertilizers and coffee seedlings), and substantial contributions towards health insurance.
Many lots are processed at his washing station, including Ikizere, meaning ‘confidence’ in Kinyarwanda. It’s a flagship initiative to bring even more traceability into lot separations. What’s even more extra special about this lot of coffees is that it’s composed of widowed women and single mothers. In Rwandese society and specifically in the coffee industry, women have unique challenges navigating the traditionally patriarchal systems. Through the Ikizere project, Baho Coffee hopes to aid in “developing a stronger sense of community between the women and create a platform upon which their voices can be heard.”
In addition, Baho is heavily investing in support for this group through financial education, providing short term loans, establishing clean water lines, and helping them make significant improvements to their farms. Now, that's an impact!
Needless to say we are absolutely thrilled and honored to be able to bring this coffee to you. It’s got a deliciously creamy body with the juicy softness akin to papaya accented with a bit of cinnamon spiciness. This coffee is a treat both in its beautiful flavor and its significance in improving the lives of Rwandan women in coffee.
REGION: Gakenke District, Northern Province, Rwanda
FARM/MILL: Muzo Washing Station
VARIETAL: Red Bourbon
ALTITUDE: 1,600 - 2,100 Meters
PRODUCER: 10 Smallholders
PROCESS: Natural, Dried on Raised Beds
Sourced from our partners at Sundog Trading.
Papaya, Cinnamon, Apple Butter
While we strive to roast our coffees to be enjoyable using any brewing method, we love Ikizere brewed on the Chemex or Kalita.
Kalita Brewing Ratio - 1:16 [i.e. 25g coffee and 400g water]
Chemex Brewing Ratio - 1:16 [i.e. 25g coffee and 400g water]
Frequently asked questions
We ship almost all orders same or next day, Monday-Friday. We ship via USPS and typically orders take 2-5 days arrive. (But, as you may know, once we drop your package off, shipping times are out of our control.)
The coffee is usually roasted within one business day (Monday-Friday) of shipment. We recommend waiting at least 3-4 days after the roasting date before brewing. (And we think the sweet spot is around 2 weeks!)
All our coffees will be somewhere in the vicinity of a light to medium roast.
The way we approach roasting coffees is called 'profile roasting' meaning that we create a unique roasting profile for each coffee based on the characteristics of each bean (density, size, moisture level within the bean, etc) and how it reacts while roasting so that we can get what we believe to be the best expression possible for each of our coffees!
Lucky for you, any of our coffees can be brewed as espresso!
We aim to roast our coffee so that it tastes great in a variety of brew methods. (Fun fact: espresso is a brew method, not a type of coffee bean!)
If one of our offerings sounds good to you, we bet you’ll like it on espresso too! But, we always like to suggest Tres Banderas as a starting point for espresso.
No, most of our coffees aren’t ‘certified’ organic. But!! That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not grown using organic processes. For many of the farms/mills that we purchase coffee from, the cost of the certification could put them out of business — new and separate equipment, cost of application process, the time spent going through certification (multiple years), etc. You can read more on the topic in our blog post here.
We are not officially fair trade certified and typically do not purchase Fair Trade certified coffees. We believe the system is a good one, and has helped many farmers and families earn a better living, however, one thing it does not address well is quality of product, and we typically pay much higher prices for higher quality.
Fair trade usually offers farmers a small premium (about $.40) on top of whatever the current market price for coffee is. We either work directly with producers or importers that already pay well above Fair Trade prices for high quality coffees. We pay top prices for great coffees regardless of any certification. Please feel free toreach out to us if you have any other questions regarding our buying practices.
Your enthusiastic satisfaction with your order is our top priority! If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please contact us to discuss available options.
You have 30 calendar days to return an item from the date the order was placed. To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it in and must be in the original packaging.
Please note that we cannot accept returns on coffee because it is a perishable item. If we made an error in fulfilling your coffee order, we will, of course, make it right! Just contact us and we’ll get everything sorted.