Dukunde Kawa

Dukunde Kawa—Musasa, Rwanda

Farmer Facts

The farmers of Dukunde Kawa cultivate antique bourbon Arabica varietals, prized for their rich sweetness and subtle expressions of soil, climate, and terroir. The farmers careful stewardship of their trees throughout the year yields heavy harvests of juicy red coffee cherries, which are the starting point for great coffee.

During the harvest, each of Dukunde Kawa’s 2,000 members brings freshly harvested ripe cherries to one of three washing stations. The cooperative staff sorts the whole cherries by hand to ensure that there are no poorly ripened or damaged fruit. The cherries are then depulped—their skin is stripped from the fruit—and then allowed to ferment for 12–18 hours depending on the day’s temperature. Following fermentation, the fruit’s flesh separates easily from the bean inside, and is removed as the beans are passed through a winding series of washing channels. The beans are then placed on elevated drying racks where they are turned by hand to ensure even drying, covered during the intense mid-day tropical sun to prevent them from losing moisture too quickly, and monitored until they reach a stable moisture content of 14%.

The Coffee—Deep chocolate notes, juicy hints of orange, plum, and the sweetness of maple syrup.

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Dukunda Kawa—Climate Change Adaptation

Dukunda Kawa—Climate Change Adaptation

Launched in the fall of 2009 “Responding to Climate Change: Building Community-Based Reliance” is funded by the Dutch NGO Progreso and administered with the support of the Rwandan NGO REDI. The project builds off the Cooperative’s efforts towards quality improvement, and community development, and is focused on confronting climate change at the farm level through investments in reforestation, topsoil conservation, and watershed conservation.

Dukunda Kawa—Bikes to Rwanda

Dukunda Kawa—Bikes to Rwanda

Designed by Ritchey Logic, run by Tom Ritchey in Northern California, these bikes were specifically made to withstand the heavy loads that coffee farmers carry. Each bike can carry 350 pounds on the back rack; equivalent to a few sacks of coffee, a bunch of kids, 2 pigs, or many large water jugs!


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