The coffee story
Location: Nyamasheke district, Southern Province
Capacity: 250 MT (metric tons) of cherry
Year in which it started working with Baho: 2020
Altitude range of the farms: 1500 to 1850 m
Number of farmers: 1006 smallholders
Process: Fully washed. The farmers pick their ripest cherries and bring them to Fugi. They are sorted (removing the green and overripe ones alongside any foreign matter) and floated in water tanks so that we can remove the floaters (of less density and therefore quality). The selected cherries are taken to a cherry hopper before pulping with a McKinnon machine using fresh or recycled water. The beans then undergo a dry fermentation stage for 8 to 10 hours. There is a partial washing and removal of mucilage and then another fermentation in water for 8 to 10 hours. The beans are then rinsed in water channels and taken to a pre-drying shed where we start a gentle drying process whilst the wet parchment is sorted. We finish the drying process on African raised beds with constant turning and sorting to remove defects. There is a final sorting stage after dry milling to prepare the coffee to export.
About Ngoma CWS
Ngoma is located by the shores of the Lake Kivu, the biggest in Rwanda. It is an area with many washing stations and the competition for cherry is very high. Here we have a good combination of soil, which is volcanic, and temperature. The days are hot but, at night, the lake blows a cool air on the raised beds, helping us better control the drying process. It brings the heat of the coffee down and helps with flavour development. This coffee doesn’t dry quickly. It does so in a slow and uniform way, giving this coffee a strong character. I also use the hills to my favour, putting the raised beds between hills to help drive the air to them. The air is so pleasant here - and the view is not bad either - that my plan is to build a house by the lake where I can host guests.
About Baho Coffee
With more than 15 years of experience in the Rwandan speciality coffee industry, the Rusatira family found the opportunity to set up our own four coffee washing stations. The location and specific management of each station show itself in unique flavour profiles. We developed our own grading system and are continuously experimenting with washed, honey, and natural processed coffee. All year round we work together with coffee producers to support them on the field, and financially, so as to produce the best coffee cherries of the region and boost quality year after year. All our attention goes to the selection, de-pulping, fermentation, washing, drying, storage, and continuous quality control.
“Baho means "stay alive" or "be strong", "don't give up". It is the kind of thing you say to friends when they tell you of their misfortunes or problems. When they want to give up. You hug them and say "Baho!". You give them comfort. This is what I aim to achieve with my company and the coffees we produce, to give comfort to the ones who drink it and the ones who grow it. It is something that is deeply connected to my personal history as a genocide survivor and to the journey of coffee. Coffee is a crop that goes through many difficulties. It is hit by the weather, by bad management, then you pick it, heat if with fire… If you could ask coffee to tell you its journey you’d cry. I believe coffee can, in fact, speak. And for me, it says something like... Baho.”
May, 2020 - May, 2020
Average yearly production in bags
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Cupped: July, 2020
|Key flavor notes||
Grower (Pending)Green apple, Herbal, Stewed fruit, Citrus fruit, Caramel, Roasted peanut
Hello, my friend. My name is Emma and I manage Baho Coffee, an exporting company with 7 washing stations in Rwanda. I am Rwandese from the Kayonza district and have 15 years of experience in coffee, having worked for foreign companies before founding Baho in 2016. Baho means “stay strong”. It is something we say to comfort people who are struggling. It has a lot to do with my personal journey. I barely survived the year of 1994 and grew up to become a man without my parents whilst supporting my siblings. My philosophy at Baho is that the farmers are the bosses, the foundation of my work. My business relies on their happiness. I want to help change their lives as I changed mine. That is why my aim is to support farmers with education and getting better prices. My 3 pillars are culture, people and coffee. Our culture shapes us. People are the ones who make it happen. Coffee is the bridge. A good cup of coffee can help us understand each other. Come and drink a cup of coffee with me!
Relationships with Roasters in
Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, United Kingdom, and Netherlands
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.
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2 payment methods are accepted on Algrano:
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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
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