March is Women’s History Month, and we are so thrilled to highlight the talented, strong, and intelligent
women who produced this coffee! Just how involved were women in the production of this coffee, you ask? Well,
they pretty much did it all! This coffee was processed at a woman owned washing station, sorted by women and
roasted by a woman owned coffee company! We hope you enjoy this coffee just as much as we do and THANK YOU
to all the women around the world who make this planet run!
This 100% Red Bourbon coffee was processed at Buf Café’s Umurage washing station, at 1,750 MASL in the south of Rwanda. Buf Café was founded in 2003 by Epiphanie Mukashyaka, a dynamic businesswoman and a source of inspiration to countless other female entrepreneurs in Rwanda’s coffee sector and beyond. Epiphanie, who was born in 1959, was widowed during the 1994 genocide - which claimed over 800,000 lives in just 3 months - but chose not to leave her family’s small coffee farm. Instead, she set about rebuilding and developing her business and with it the local community! She started Buf Café in 2003, when she established Remera washing station with a loan from the Rwandan Development Bank and the assistance of the USAID-financed PEARL project.
Umurage is Buf Cafés third washing station – along with the renowned Remera and Nyarusiza. The company,
which was serving less than 500 farmers in 2003, is now procuring coffee cherries from almost 7,000
smallholder farmers in the Southern province of Rwanda.
This cup is wildly reminiscent of apple juice, buttery smooth and creamy like caramel and has deep chocolate notes like the tastiest cocoa powder around.
Cheers to Epiphanie and all the women that made this cup so darn delicious!