Musasa Ruli, Rwanda | DECAF
Musasa Ruli, Rwanda | DECAF
Musasa Ruli, Rwanda | DECAF
Williams & Johnson Coffee Co.

Musasa Ruli, Rwanda | DECAF

Regular price £11.60 £0.00 Unit price per
Tax included.

Tasting notes:

lime, brown sugar, marzipan




Washed. CO2 decaf process


1700-2000 masl


Red Bourbon


Musasa Dukunde Kawa Cooperative - some 2,148 smallholder farmers



The transformational PEARL programme of which it was a part switched the focus in the Rwandan coffee sector from an historic emphasis on quantity to one of quality, thus opening Rwanda up to the much more highly valued specialty coffee market. The programme and its successor, SPREAD, have been invaluable in helping Rwanda’s small-scale coffee farmers to rebuild their production in the wake of the devastating 1994 genocide and the 1990s world coffee crash.

Most of the small-scale producers with whom Musasa Dukunde Kawa works own less than a quarter of a hectare of land, where they cultivate an average of only 250 – 300 coffee trees each as well as other subsistence food crops such as maize and beans. The cooperative gives these small farmers the chance to combine their harvests and process cherries centrally. Before the proliferation of washing stations such as Ruli, the norm in Rwanda was for small farmers to sell semi-processed cherries on to a middleman, and the market was dominated by a single exporter. This commodity-focused system – coupled with declining world prices in the 1990s – brought severe hardship to farmers, some of whom abandoned coffee entirely.

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