Lemon, Red Plum, Buttery
Producer: Kibingo Washing Station
Elevation: 1893 masl
Kibingo Washing Station
In 1986 in the Kayanza Commune, Kayanza province, the Kibingo Washing station was born. Lying at an altitude of 1893 masl, located near the Congo-Nile Crest. The washing station is known for its wooden bridge that was built over the river that runs through it. Therefore, uniquely got its name ‘Kibingo’; originating from the Kirundi word ‘urubingo’ meaning ‘reeds’. The reeds were planted along the river to hold water and prevent the surrounding soils to errode. The Kibingo washing station collects coffee cherries from over 2,750 local coffee farmers across 18 neighbouring collines. When it’s time for harvest, the washing station processes more than 650 tons of coffee.
As soon as the cherries arrive, a picking team sorts them on maturity - an essential step for a fine processing, with reduced damaged beans. Next, cherry skins are mechanically removed during pulping then prepared to dry ferment for 12 hours with sticky parchment. When the fermentation is complete, the parchment makes its way to the washing and grading channel. Reaching the final step where the best, quality coffee is soaked for an additional 24 hours to remove any remaining mucilage before heading to the pre-drying tables. Here, a second team of pickers scan the wet parchment for any defect beans, then moved to the drying tables. Depending on weather conditions, the coffee is expected to reach 12% moisture content in a span of two weeks.
Harvest took place between late October and mid-January, around 850 farmers bring their red cherries to the washing station. The Reko washing station is an example for neighbouring washing stations, they sustain coffee communities and deliver amazing coffee, year after year.
Incoming coffee is washed with water from a nearby river, after which are pulped with an old Agard pulping-machine. The mucilage is removed by traditional fermentation, which lasts 36-48 hours depending on the weather conditions. The coffee is then dried on raised African beds for 10-12 days.