Tasting Note: Red Grape, Pomegranate, Berry, Spices, RBlack Tea
COFFEE GRADE: Scr.15
FARM/COOP/STATION: Karambi Washing Station
ALTITUDE: Washing station - 1,893 meters above sea level; Farms - 1,700 to 2,000 meters above sea level
SUBREGION/TOWN: Karambi, Nyamasheke
REGION: Western Province
HARVEST MONTHS: March - June
Karambi is located in the Karambi sector in the Nyamasheke district, Western province and borders Nyungwe Forest National Park. It was built in 2016 and is, to date, the sole station that Rwacof has built from the ground up. The altitude in the region starts at 1,700 and extends up to 2,000 meters above sea level.
The washing station is a four-hour drive west of Kigali. On the top of the hill, like a gateway to Karambi station, is a big school, also named Karambi. The school has a wide range of grades from primary school to high school. Passing through this busy, energetic gateway unnoticed is simply not possible. Hundreds of active and excited children and busy people bustle around this station.
In a reflection of this energy, Karambi station seems to never stop during the nearly four full months of the harvest. The station has up to 120 staff in peak season. Every step of the process is continuously attended to by experienced eyes.