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BH-N31: Baho Blend Natural

  • Conventional (no certification): $7.50 USD / kgFOB

  • Origin: Rwanda
  • Variety: Red Bourbon
  • Process type: Natural/Sun Dried
  • Algrano's cupping score (SCA): 85.75 points
  • Available quantity: 7 bags
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  • Available for shipping from Jun, 2021 to Oct, 2021.
  • ETA Bremen, Germany: January 2022
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  • 65 days left to place your order

The coffee story

This is a top-quality screen 13/14 natural lot from Baho Coffee. It is a blend of coffees delivered to Baho's washing stations, combined according to flavour profile to produce a consistent and repeatable coffee.

Emma Rusatira, the owner of Baho, chose strategic washing stations to work with, making sure he had a spot in most areas in Rwanda where great quality can be produced. Though some CWS are managed by cooperatives, Emma deals with small farmers directly. They come and deliver cherry in their names (not under the name of a cooperative), making the relationship between Baho and the farmers closer. 

Fugi CWS, in the Nyaruguru district, Southern Province, is Emma's most famous washing station, is located in the Nyaruguru district, Southern Province, and favoured by a stable temperature curve throughout the year that yields bright coffees. The quality manager of Fugi, Mrs Nyiraneza Assoumpta, is one of the standout Baho employees. She has been working in coffee for six years and is one of the reasons behind the success of this station.

Muzo CWS is based in the Gakenke District, Northern Province. It is a small washing station bought by Emma in 2018 and supplied by the farmers of the experienced Muzo Cooperative. According to Emma, Muzo is "where we most likely produce our finest coffees." The station is located in the basin of a hill, "which pushes up cold air in the night" and helps with the drying process.

Bugoyi CWS is in the Rutsiro District, Western Province, on the shore of Lake Kivu where 80% of the workers are women and the African beds receive gentle winds to cool the beans and soft sunlight to dry the coffee.

Ngoma CWS is located by the shores of Lake Kivu in the Nyamasheke district, Southern Province. It is an area with many washing stations and the competition for cherry is very high as there is a good combination of soil, which is volcanic, and temperature. The days are hot but, at night, the lake blows cool air on the raised beds.

Humure CWS is named after the highest hill in the Gatsibo district, Eastern Province. Humure is entirely managed by women. After washing the coffee, the water is captured and pumped back up the hill to be used again.

Emma also owns Kinazi CWS in the Ruhango District, Southern Province, a small station near Fugi and with a similar flavour profile, and Akagera CWS, in the Nyamasheke District, near Ngoma and with excellent potential for quality.

Emma supports farmers with access to fertilisers and donations of seedlings, helps them to check the condition of their trees and trains them through the Farmer Field Schools with GAP analysis, aimed at understanding agronomic conditions, practices, challenges, and farmer attitudes. Furthermore, he supports the farmers by covering their social insurance and giving them second payments at the end of the crop.
Baho developed its own grading system that goes one step beyond the traditional grading in Rwanda. All Baho stations employ their own extended grading system to separate beans into different qualities and sizes. They provide three sizes of beans: A, B and C. Grade A are the largest and of the highest quality. At Baho Coffee stations, grade A is further separated into two grades(A+, A-) and grade B into two separate grades (B+, B-), with C remaining a single grade. This is done for all washed coffee.

“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.”

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The process

Our naturals have really long drying periods and are heavily monitored. During the first 4 to 5 days the cherries stay under the open sun to avoid the formation of mould. After that, if the humidity is correct, we start drying under the shade and turning the bed every 3 hours. When the coffee reaches around 17% of humidity we take it out of the shade but continue to avoid the open sun so that the evaporation process is slow. We stop it at around 11.25% to 12.5%. The process takes at least 40 days. We avoid potato defect firstly in the farms where the farmers are trained on fighting against the Antestia bug and proper IPM, also via cherry sorting and floating, parchment sorting and green coffee sorting. Humidity is monitored by measuring the moisture content of each lot. The allowed MC is 11.5%. Parchment and green coffee are stored on a palette with good environmental conditions.
Produced & offered by Baho Coffee
  • Rwanda
  • Washing station
  • 24 sales on Algrano
  • 2 Average orders per roaster
  • 14 Roaster relationships
  • Seller relationships with Roasters in
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Young, innovative, community-focused & fun!

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!

  • Process type
    Natural/Sun Dried
  • Altitude range
    1390m - 2200m
  • Harvest period
    March, 2021 - June, 2021
  • Average yearly production in bags

Coffee Quality Evaluation

Cupped: June, 2021
Baho Coffee
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Cupped: N/A
SCA Score
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Key flavor notes
Dried fruit, Dark chocolate, Praline, Tropical fruit, Pineapple, Red ripe fruit
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Quality comment
Tasted after pralines, red ripe fruit and tropical fruit. Full bodied, smooth and dense, well balanced and sweet with pleasant finish and mild malic acidity.
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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.
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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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