Station: Rubagabaga C.W.S
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Region: Gatara, Kayanza
Altitude: 1700m asl
Rubagabaga was built in 1992 in the Gatara Commune in the Kayanza province. It lies at an altitude of 1,692m. The area is known for the number of banana trees that are grown to produce the locally made banana beer (ugwagwa in Kirundi). Usually, during the first day the beer is brewed it does not undergo the fermentation process and is called umubaga. When it is produced in large quantities, the beer is called rubagabaga, which is how the station got its name.
This washing station collects cherries from over 2,250 local coffee farmers spread over the 28 neighbouring collines. During the harvest season, Rubagabaga processes more than 500 tons of coffee.
In 2018, Rubagabaga won the Cup of Excellence for Burundi with a lot from this station being awarded a score of 91.43 - the highest ever in the countries COE history.
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