The Ruvumbu washing station is situated near the southwest corner of the country on mountainous shores of lake kivu, and is in its first year of operation under Justin Musabyimana, a farm owner and successful manager of another washing station of Mahembe CWS (No. 5) in the region. Ruvumbu was originally built by a cooperative, which has since gone out of business, and Musabyimana’s ownership after signing lending agreement with the cooperative and owner of the CWS comes as a welcome sign of increased stability for the small operation.
Ruvumbu is using a McKinnon single-disc pulper for processing, all the parchment coffee is separated and graded in gravity channels and then dried on raised beds before being sent to Kigali for dry milling.
In addition, the CWS is still working closely with coffee farmers in the neighboring who are grouped into ABARYOSHYAKAWA Cooperative with a good number of very active women accounting for 70%.
Specific information and climatic conditions
Latitude: 422501; Longitude: 9754966
Altitude: 1776 meters, processing cherries from 1600 to 2000 meters
Coffee variety: Arabica
Soil type: Silt-clay-sandy and Silt-sandy; Soil pH mean: 4.7
Precipitation range: 1300 to 1400 mm
Temperature range: 16 -18 degrees
CWS Owner: ABARYOSHYAKAWA Cooperative.
Processing capacity: 240 Tons/Year
Processing System: Wet processing
Drying table: 30, full sun drying,
Storage: One warehouse with natural ventilation system
Road accessibility: Quite fair (30 Km from paved road)
Water source: Mountain natural spring.
Energy Source: None (solar lamp)
Contact person: MUSABIMANA Justin
Mobile Phone: (+250) 782155858
|Farm Name||Ruvumbu CWS|
|Size (30kg boxes)||12|
|Aroma/Flavor||honey*, pear, quince jelly, caramel, floral, blueberries, plum, sugar cane, sweet lemonade apple juice as cooling grape, peach|
|Other||juicy, syrupy, clean cup|
|Auction Lot Size (lbs.)||782|
|High bidders||Maruyama Coffee, Branch Coffee, Yamada Coffee|