Kanzu is a washing station in the southwest of Rwanda near Lake Kivu, one of the most amazing growing regions in Rwanda. This is one exampe where the beauty of the area seems to correlate to the beauty of the coffee itself. Kanzu is tucked away in a valley surrounded by mountain peaks of the Nyamasheke region.
The washing station changed ownership two years ago and we have seen consistent improvement in the way they are working here. It shows in the projects they initiated with farmers to improve the small-holder farms, as well as in the process method itself. Coffee cherry is brought down to this station from hundreds of small farmers situated above the valley floor. Depulping of the coffee cherry is achieved using the same disc type machines found in Kenya.
The coffee is then fermented for nearly 24 hours and washed in long channels. After soaking, the parchment coffee is laid out to dry on raised beds, which facilitate airflow and ultimately allows for moisture to dissipate efficiently. Much of this coffee is grown at 2000 meters, which works well for the near-sole planting of Bourbon.
via coffee shrub