Located three hours from the capital city, Kigali, in the Nyamagabe district of Southern Rwanda, the village of Munombe is home to the Kigeme washing station. Kigeme coffee washing station is a spectacular mix of hillside and raised washing beds utilized by 1300 smallholder farmers. With recent refurbished infrastructure, Kigeme boasts 40 raised drying beds and counting, depending on production.
The most attractive part about Kigeme washing station is the high altitude from which the coffee delivered for processing comes from. Sitting at 1900 - 2100 meters, it allows for farmers to deliver mature, dense, fully ripened cherries. At that altitude, coffee matures very slowly which allows for a desirable balance between acidity and sweetness. Surrounded by farmers well trained in good agricultural practices which is key for farmers to harvest fully ripe cherries during harvest.
With a great source of water supply from the nearby river, water is gravity fed directly to the washing station on the slopes. This fully washed Red Bourbon is grown in rich volcanic soil supplied by nearby Lake Kiuva, which caps a volcano that erupts approximately every 1,000 years. Although washed, this coffee is initially fermented dry for 16-30 hours before being washed to remove mucilage. (Olam Specialty Coffee)