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Rwanda Musasa Cooperative $19

Varietal: Red Bourbon Processing: Fully Washed and dried on African beds Owner: Musasa Cooperative Region: Ruli sector, Rushashi District. Mercanta has been working with these growers in the highlands of northern Rwanda since 2003, when Musasa built its first washing station. Now one of Rwanda’s largest cooperatives, with some 2000 members (around 80% of whom are women), Musasa produces truly exceptional lots year after year. We put this down to a very special combination of ideal growing conditions, 100% red bourbon coffee trees and meticulous attention to detail by individual farmers, for whom every single bean counts. Musasa Cooperative (also known as the Dukundekawa Cooperative) was legally incorporated in 2002 and is located in Ruli sector, Rushashi district. The cooperative now has 2 pulping stations to process the deliveries of red cherries. Annual production is around 100-120 tons of green coffee.The cooperative gives these 2000 or so tiny producers the chance to combine their harvests and so sell their coffee directly to the international market. This has drastically increased the quality of life for Musasa’s members, often more than doubling their income. Moreover, by operating in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner, the cooperative has ensured that future generations of Rwandans will be able to obtain a decent quality of life through the coffee industry.Musasa is part of a network of cooperatives assisted by the US-sponsored PEARL Programme, which does invaluable work helping Rwanda’s small-scale coffee farmers to rebuild their production in the wake of the 1994 genocide and the 1990s world coffee crash.

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