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Roasted For Filter.
Producer: TROPIC COFFEE COMPANY
Importer: PROJECT ORIGIN
Process: ANAEROBIC NATURAL
Cyato washing station is located in the southwest of Rwanda, near the Nyungwe Forest in the district of Nyamasheke. In operation since 2016, the washing station processes bourbon cherries from farmers groups in the surrounding area, as it grows in abundance in the sandy soil and humus (nutrient-rich composted soil) in the region.
The cool climate of the Nyamasheke region extends the typical harvesting period to July, as the cherries mature at a slower rate and allows for greater control during the drying process. The proximity of Lake Kivu also provides moisture, humidity and cool temperatures at the high growing altitudes.
The owners and operators of Cyato, the Tropic Coffee Company, have established several initiatives to support the local community in the Nyamasheke region. In addition to creating a coffee nursery to improve and increase the cultivation and production of coffee plants, they use vermi-composting (compost generated by natural decomposition) to repurpose by-products and waste products in
Fermentation is extended by placing the cherries in an oxygen reduced environment after harvesting. This is done to slow down the rate at which fermentation occurs before the cherries are then laid on raised drying beds for a period between 20-30 days.