The coffee story
Location: Kirimbi 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: 1610 masl
Average yearly rainfall: 1300-1400 mm
Cup profile: Rosehip, green apple, green tea, grape, citric, smooth
Projects: Support farmers in organizing as cooperatives and train them in governance and finances so that they can have savings for the future
“For me, working in coffee is an opportunity to fulfil my community responsibility. My parents did all they could to support the family and the community, sending all 9 children to school and helping to educate many children with the community. As Gasharu Coffee is the only coffee enterprise owned by a coffee farming family from our community that still lives in the community, I feel the responsibility to make a sustainable business, to help keep the community together and create a legacy that will be carried by many generations.”
[Me, Valentin Kimenyi]
About Muhororo CWS
Muhororo washing station of Gasharu coffee is located on the shores of Lake Kivu and a stone’s throw from Nyungwe National Park which is one of the largest montane and most preserved montane rainforests in Central Africa, home to huge biodiversity and an estimated 25% of Africa’s primates. This region’s elevation, soil, and climate are what coffee trees love best. Once the cherries are picked and brought to the washing stations, cherries are floated and pulped with a disc pulper. Parchment then goes into a dry fermentation for 12 to 14 hours before mucilage is washed off.
Beans are graded by density in the grading channel with very clean water that separates them into three different qualities: Grade A, Grade B, Grade C. Coffee is then hand-sorted at the pre-drying tables and then dried on raised beds with a mesh bottom, allowing for more circulation of air. The coffee is air and sun-dried between 9 am and 3 pm depending on the sun's intensity. The drying process takes 14 to 20 days depending on the weather. When dried, the coffee is well kept until it is hulled and sorted by experienced women and then packed in Grainpro and Jute bags for export.
This lot is formed by Grade A only.
[Farmer delivering cherry at one of our washing stations]
1610m - 2010m
April, 2020 - April, 2020
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Cupped: June, 2020
Cupped: June, 2020
|Key flavor notes||
AlgranoGreen tea, Green apple, Grape, Rosehip
Grower (Pending)Citric, Apple, Rosehip, Fruity, Grape, Smooth
AlgranoComplex, with medium citric acidity and medium smooth body.
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, United Kingdom, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, 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.