Origin Rwanda - Coffee Cooperative

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04 Jun 2011 11:00

Dozens of coffee buyers from around the world visit Musasa Coffee Cooperative in Rwanda, hoping to source the next best brew.
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Jonathan Kalan, Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (1 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
14 Jun 2011

Welcome to Rwanda's coffee land, where some of the world's best coffee is grown. Here, Minani Anastase, president of Musasa Coffee Cooperative in northern Rwanda, looks over the coffee drying tables.

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Origin Rwanda (2 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
05 Jun 2011

Rwanda has endless rolling hills, spotted with small family coffee farms. The altitude is about 5,600 feet near the shores of Lake Kivu in western Rwanda, making these cliffs an ideal place to grow premium coffee beans.

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Origin Rwanda (3 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
11 Jun 2011

Coffee parchment in a warehouse at Nkora Washing Station in Western Rwanda, one of Rwanda's oldest washing stations, waiting to be shipped to a dry-mill in Kigali for processing and export.

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Origin Rwanda (4 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
11 Jun 2011

Premium coffee differs from regular coffee in two ways: It must be washed thoroughly, and it must score at least 80 points on a quality scale. Here, freshly picked coffee cherries are washed and sorted by weight at the Nyarusiza Coffee Washing Station.

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Origin Rwanda (5 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
07 Jun 2011

A dry-mill outside Huye, southern Rwanda, where coffee parchment is dried and processed into green beans for international export.

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Origin Rwanda (6 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
07 Jun 2011

Coffee parchment being sorted at Nyamubera Washing Station, western Rwanda. Sorting is mostly done by women, as seasonal day labor, for around 800 RWF/day ($1.25)

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Origin Rwanda (7 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
07 Jun 2011

Coffee cherries waiting to be weighed at Nyarusiza Coffee Washing Station in southern Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (8 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
08 Jun 2011

Uzziel Habineza, a Rwandan cupper and roaster, tests coffee from his home region, Nyambumera, at Rwashoscco's testing laboratory in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (9 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
09 Jun 2011

Uzziel individually roasts small batches of local coffee beans for a round of cupping.

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Origin Rwanda (10 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
26 Jul 2012

Laetitia Mukandahiro, 28, rose from being a coffee farmer's daughter in Gankenke, a small village in northern Rwanda, to one of Rwanda's most sought-after cuppers. She is now Head of Quality Control for KZ Noir. Kayonza, Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (11 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
09 Jun 2011

Women carry parchment to the drying tables for sorting at Cyarumba Washing Station, Maraba, southern Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (12 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
06 Jun 2011

After the genocide in 1994, Rwanda's coffee industry privatized, and the farmers learned to produce premium coffee. Now their beans are sought by coffee buyers and gurus around the world. Here, Sarah Kluth, a buyer from Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in the U.S., visits a washing station in western Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (13 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
09 Jun 2011

Built in 2000 as one of the first new coffee washing stations in Rwanda in decades, Cyarumba Washing Station, in Maraba, southern Rwanda, is famous for producing Rwanda's first local brand of specialty coffee, Cafe de Maraba.

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Origin Rwanda (14 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
07 Jun 2011

A worker sifts through wet parchment after de-pulping at Nyarusiza Coffee Washing Station in southern Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (15 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
07 Jun 2011

Fresh cherries are depulped to separate the seeds/parchment from the soft flesh. For premium coffee, cherries must be depulped quickly after they are picked or they will become bitter.

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Origin Rwanda (16 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
14 Jun 2011

Manager of Musasa Coffee Cooperative. This coffee washing station in northern Rwanda won 2nd best in Rwanda during the 2010 Cup of Excellence.

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Origin Rwanda (17 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
26 Jul 2012

Rwanda was the first African country to hold the "Cup of Excellence", one of the world's most prestigeous specialty coffee competitions, in 2008. Now in it's 4th year in Rwanda, Liana Ishinwe, 25, scores coffee for the Cup of Excellence Pre-Trials. Kayonza, Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (18 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
28 Jul 2012

The growing demand for premium coffee has had a positive impact on many small farmers. Uwera Gema, a 60-year-old farmer in southern Rwanda, used the extra income to send her six children to school. Her family owns 700 coffee trees and produced one ton of coffee cherries in 2011.

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Origin Rwanda (19 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
29 Jul 2012

Uzziel Habineza, a Rwandan cupper and roaster, in the laboratory at Starbucks Coffee's HQ in Kigali, Rwanda. A genocide survivor from Nyabumera, Rwanda, he is now the sole representative for Volcafe, one of the world's largest coffee suppliers, in Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (20 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
26 Jul 2012

Coffee being ground for the Cup of Excellence Pre-Trials, Kayonza, Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (21 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
14 Jun 2011

Sorting the beans for quality is mostly done by women, who earn about $1.25 per day. Musasa Coffee Cooperative, northern Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (22 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
07 Jun 2011

Coffee cherries are loaded onto a scale at Nyarusiza Coffee Washing Station in southern Rwanda. Depending on the season, farmers receive 300-350 RWF (~$.50) per Kilo of cherries for specialty coffee. Previously, they received only 150 RWF per Kilo for ordinary coffee parchment- which is more labor-intenstive. 1 Kilo of parchment roughly equals 7 Kilos of cherries.

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Origin Rwanda (23 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
05 Jun 2011

Coffee parchment after being de-pulped and fully-washed, an essential process which helps separate 'specialty' coffee from Ordinary coffee.

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Origin Rwanda (24 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
05 Jun 2011

A woman sorts coffee parchment at Nyabumera Washing Station, Western Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (25 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
08 Jun 2011

Uzziel's scorecard. Specialty coffee must score above 80 points in a wide range of categories such as body, acidity and flavor.

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Origin Rwanda (26 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
14 Jun 2011

Women sort parchment at Musasa Coffee Cooperative, northern Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (27 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
06 Jun 2011

Stephen Vick, a buyer from Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, shows off his tattoos of coffee cherries to locals in a coffee-growing town Western Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (28 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
07 Jun 2011

Sarah Kluth, buyer for Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea, cups Rwanda's best coffee at Rwashoscco's testing laboratory in Kigali, Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (29 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
26 Jul 2012

During cupping sessions, judges loudly slurp coffee and spit it out into bins. Kayonza, Rwanda.

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Origin Rwanda (30 of 30)
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
06 Jun 2011

An international collaboration between the U.S. and Rwanda called PEARL trained young Rwandans not only how to make top coffee but also how to taste and judge the final product. Uzziel Habineza, a genocide survivor, worked his way up from managing a washing station to representing one of the world's largest coffee suppliers, Volcafe. Habineza is an expert cupper and coffee roaster.

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Origin Rwanda Article
Rwanda
By jonathankalan
06 Jun 2011

Dozens of coffee buyers from around the world visit Musasa Coffee Cooperative in Rwanda, hoping to source the next best brew. Jonathan Kalan, Rwanda.