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Mbilima | Rwanda | Espresso

We Nitrogen Flush all of our coffee when bagging for an inert shelf stable environment by locking freshness inside for up to 6 weeks prior to opening.


Mill:  Mbilima

Region: Coko Sector, Gakenke District

Varietal: Red Bourbon

Process: Washed

Altitude: 2,070masl


This 100% Red Bourbon lot was produced using coffee cherry from 720 smallholder farmers who deliver to Mbilima washing station, one of three washing stations owned by the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative. Mbilima is nestled in the high hills near the small town of Musasa, located in the Coko Sector of Gakenke District, in Rwanda’s rugged and mountainous Northern Province. Musasa town is close to the famous Virunga National Park, and this part of the world has mineral-rich soil and a lush environment that is well-suited to specialty coffee production.


Mbilima sits at a staggeringly high 2,070 metres above sea level, making it one of Rwanda’s highest washing stations. By Rwandan standards, it is quite a small washing station, servicing a total of 874 growers (643 men, 231 women) in the area. It was built in 2005 with the profits earned from Dukunde Kawa’s first washing station, Ruli. Four permanent staff and 49 seasonal workers are employed by Mbilima – of whom 95% are women.


Words, Photos & Sourced by Melbourne Coffee Merchants.


Mbilima | Rwanda | Espresso

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