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Kayumbu Station was built by the Rwandan army. Army-built stations are constructed to receive huge volumes of cherry each season. BIRCHBACH’s partner SUCAFINA in collaboration with RWACOF purchased the station in 2013 and have been working with the 1055+ farmers delivering cherry to the station ever since.
Together they’ve worked to increase the prices farmers receive, by dedicating themselves to meticulous, quality-oriented processing.
The farmers who deliver their cherry to Kayumbu are flush with options of nearby washing stations. Kayumbu has very high-quality standards, but in order to be competitive, they must accept nearly all cherry delivered. If they do not, the farmer will choose to go to a different station next time in order to sell more of their crop and limit time spent on cherry sorting.
After purchasing cherry from producers, Kayumbu sends the cherry through a strict sorting process. First, washing station staff remove any lower quality cherry through flotation. Then, a specially trained staff visually inspects the remaining cherry for any visual defects.
Following sorting, cherry is spread in a thin layer on raised beds where it is turned regularly to ensure even drying. It takes approximately 3 weeks for cherry to sundry. In order to devote their attention to producing the highest quality Naturals possible, Kayumbu only produces Naturals at the beginning and end of the harvest season, when production at Kayumbu is the lightest.
RWACOF invests heavily in farmer training and good agricultural practices, primarily through their sustainability partner, the Kahawatu Foundation. RWACOF’s Farmer Field School shares information with all their producer partners on best agricultural practices, conservation tactics, the importance of picking only ripe cherry and more. Furthermore, RWACOF invests significant focus and resources on improving the financial situation of the farmers with whom they work. Annual bonuses are always distributed once the coffee is sold; however, as part of SUCAFINA’s innovative Farmer Hub program, instead of giving these second payments in cash, RWACOF has negotiated favorable rates with a wide-reaching African bank. Thanks to this new partnership, farmers are equipped with zero-fee accounts that have no monthly account maintenance fees, no transfer costs and no withdrawal costs. Their new bank accounts not only mean more secure storage for their money, but it makes them bankable and eligible for other credit lines, often for the first time. Above all, RWACOF ensures the best quality coffee through their exceptional attention to detail during post-harvest activities. From the moment that the coffee cherry enters the washing station until it is milled and bagged for export, RWACOF keeps stringent quality controls in place. They know (as BIRCHBACH does) that high quality coffee is crucial for delivering benefit all along the supply chain. The sustainability partner foundation, Kahawatu Foundation, complements the work of RWACOF in training farmers on good agricultural practices and providing health and safety education.
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