Gatare - Rwanda

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Gatare - Rwanda


Region: Nyamasheke, Rwanda

Process: Washed

Growing Altitude: 1,800 MASL

Arabica: Bourbon

Fermentation: 16-18 hours, dry

Drying Method: Raised Beds

Gatare is one the oldest washing stations in the country, dating back to 2003. Gatare has a long reputation having been among the first stations to process high quality coffee for export. The Gatare washing station is just a few ridges beyond Kanzu, also in the Nyamasheke district, which lies between Lake Kivu to the west and the vast Nyungwe Forest National Park to the south and east. It began operating in 2003, when it was one of just a handful of washing stations processing fully washed, speciality coffee in the country. Elevation at the mill is 1,765 masl and they receive cherry from upwards of 2,000 farmers from the surrounding hills. The washing station has the capacity to process a large volume of coffee and we hope to see our relationship grow here. Gatare station has the capacity to process large amounts of cherry every season. In operation is a 3 ton/hr McKinnon disc pulper, functional washing channels, dry fermentation tanks and soaking tanks. Parchment is dried on raised beds for 15-22 days before dry milling. By the end of the season, Gatare will have processed over 1,000 tons of coffee. This coffee is nearly 100% heirloom Bourbon, grown in the volcanic soil of Rwanda’s abundant hills. Elevation across the country ranges from 1,500 to 2,000+ masl, and rainfall is ideal for coffee cultivation.

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