This is the first coffee of 2 that we will be releasing from our new sourcing partners at Baho Imports. So for a little more extensive information on the washing station read on, or scroll by and see how this will taste!
Humure, named after the highest hill in the area, is located in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. It was newly constructed in 2017, and Emmanuel purchased the station in 2018 after watching it be very poorly managed throughout its first year of operation. He immediately made large investments in infrastructure - new fermentation tanks, new washing channels, and larger storage units - thus, the production capacity has increased by nearly 20 times in the past two years. Humure is currently the largest station that Emmanuel owns - collecting cherry from ~1500 farmers, producing ~1300 bags of exportable green coffee annually, and employing 220 people during the peak of the season. The main station manager is a woman; and thus, Humure also serves as the epitome of Baho’s investment in gender equity in Rwandese coffee.
Emmanuel focused heavily on growing Baho’s seedling distribution program in 2019 and distributed 50,000 seedlings to the Humure outgrowers. He’s found that with higher cherry prices, producers are becoming rapidly more interested in investing in their coffee farms and growing future production. This particular coffee comes from a group of people called Abishyizehamwe People made up of 9 producers.
Translated from Kinyarwanda, Abishyizehamwe means people that came together. A very fitting name for this exemplary collection of 9 growers! They established the group as leaders in their growing region, after noticing many surrounding producers were not as passionate about coffee. In addition to owning their personal small farms, the Abishyizehamwe group also cooperatively tends to a plot of land that they own together.
We’re incredibly excited to have established a connection to such a forward thinking and driven collective this season. This is the first step in building a transparent and equitable relationship with groups of farmers that we hope will deliver to Humure for many years to come.