The coffee story
Location: Macuba Sector, Nyamasheke district, Western Province
Foundation year: 2014
Manager: Valentin Kimenyi
Number of farmers: 1650
Production: Up to 8 containers
Processing methods: Natural, Washed, Honey and Anaerobic experiments
Altitude of the farms: 1600 - 2100 masl
Altitude of the CWS: 1670 masl
Average yearly rainfall: 1300-1400 mm
Soil: Acidic Soil
Projects: Support farmers in organizing as cooperatives and train them in governance and finances so that they can have savings for the future
Cup profile: Tropical fruits, dark chocolate, red ripe fruit, floral, malic acidity and a smooth elegant body
About Gasharu CWS: Coffee plantations in the Gasharu region benefit from their proximity to the continuous of Nyungwe National Park. They get a good amount of rainfall to make the cherries juicier and the coffee fruity.
[The proximity to the Nyungwe National Park means the farms benefit from great conditions for coffee]
“The Western Province hugs the shoreline of the great Lake Kivu. The landscape of the coffee-growing region is one of the reasons why Rwanda is sometimes called “the land of a thousand hills”. The Nyungwe Forest National Park, one of the largest mountainous forests in the country, is home to huge biodiversity and around 25% of Africa’s primates. This region’s elevation, soil, and climate are what coffee trees love best.”
Throughout the year, Gasharu Coffee holds small group meetings with coffee farmers to catch up on life, discuss the challenges in farming and to discuss opportunities. Though my father and owner of the company Celestin is not an agronomist, he has always received calls from coffee farmers to advise on farming and processing due to his experience in farming. Today I am giving farming advice too. I am one of his nine sons and I have both farming experience and academic training as an agronomist. I provide more scientific-based farming and harvesting guidance whenever needed.
[Our processing methods create elegant coffees with fruity notes and intense sweetness]
Process: The coffee cherries collected at Gasharu washing station are grown at altitudes ranging between 1700 and 2100 masl. Once collected, the cherries are floated and sorted before passing through a Mckinnon disc pulper. They are then spread out for drying without any washing, leaving part of the pulp around the seeds. We spread the coffee beans thinly on special drying beds and turn them after every hour during 10-15 days so they dry with the needed stability. The result is usually a coffee with fine and elegant attributes associated with the high-end washed coffees coupled up with substantial fruit and body sweetness of the natural coffees.
1800m - 2110m
April, 2020 - April, 2020
Average yearly production in bags
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Cupped: June, 2020
Cupped: June, 2020
|Key flavor notes||
AlgranoDark chocolate, Red ripe fruit, Pip fruit, Floral, Tropical fruit
Grower (Pending)Dark chocolate, Fruity, Winey, Floral, High sweetness, Elegant
AlgranoSmooth, with medium malic acidity.
The story of Gasharu Coffee goes back to 1976 when 17 years-old Celestin Rumenerangabo, my father, planted his first coffee trees in Nyamasheke. A farmer and buyer of cherries, he grew the business to what it is today. We now have 2 washing stations, Gasharu and Muhororo, and can export beans from nearly 1650 farmers directly. Over the last 43 years, we’ve maintained an unwavering dedication to making the highest-quality coffee we can. Coffee has been critical to rebuilding our community after the 1994 Tutsi Genocide and it remains an important part of our culture and ways. With local businesses being taken over by large multinational companies, we are aware that we have to make Gasharu Coffee more resilient. We have improved our sourcing and processing methods, encouraging curiosity about innovative ideas to take coffee to the next level, producing naturals, honeys and experiments. Our coffee grows at an altitude of 1580-2100 masl and has proven to yield a fine and flavoursome cup.
Relationships with Roasters in
Belgium, Germany, Spain, Finland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Taiwan
Average orders per roaster
Once the ordering period ends we will consolidate all coffees in a shared container. During transport, your coffee is fully insured. We will keep you informed about the shipment status.
Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:
- Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
- EXW (ex. warehouse) means that we will provide the coffee ready for pick-up at the terminal of the warehouse. You are responsible for organising transport and insurance from the warehouse to your roastery.
Currently, we can deliver coffee anywhere in Europe, except Hungary. For all European buyers, the coffee will be provided custom cleared in any case. Roasters in Switzerland choosing EXW will be responsible for customs clearance.
When calculating price, you can select your preferred currency: USD, CHF, EUR, or GBP.
2 payment methods are accepted on Algrano:
1. Buy now, pay later
Pay your coffee after its delivered in Europe. This option generates an additional fee, displayed in the shopping cart.
3. Pay 10 days after placing the order
We will send you a 10 day invoice straight after you placed your order.