Caliber Rwanda Murundo Beans Light Bag/340 g
Rwanda Murundo 340 G
Roast: Light / Notes: marmalade / dark chocolate / lime
The boutique Kivubelt group in western Rwanda is a PF or People Farm—another term for smallholder. PF Lot 1 is an outturn from the Murundo Coffee Washing Station (CWS), one of two processing sites the Kivubelt company operates. Kivubelt was established in 2011 by Furaha Umwizey after returning to Rwanda with a master’s degree in economics from Switzerland.
Born and raised in Rwanda, Umwizey’s goal was to create a model coffee plantation—both sustainable in agriculture as well as impactful in local employment and equal opportunity. The company began with 200 scattered acres of farmland in Gihombo, a community in Rwanda’s coffee famous Nyamasheke district that runs along the breathtaking central shoreline of Lake Kivu. Under Umwizey’s leadership, Kivubelt has planted 90,000 coffee trees on their estates which now employ more than 400 people during harvest months—and is kind of a coffee vocational school for local smallholders interested in improving their farming.
Kivubelt has also acquired two washing stations (Murundo and Jarama) which combined both process coffee from the company’s estates and that of more than 500 smallholders in the region, offering quality premiums and training programs for participating farming families. PF Lot 1 coffee from Murundo CWS was picked across March, April and May by the station’s participating 400 local smallholders. The Nyamasheke district in Rwanda is rich in terroir. The cool, humid climates of both Lake Kivu and the Nyungwe Forest National Park keep groundwater abundant throughout the uniquely hilly region. Kivu itself is part of the East African Rift whose consistent drift creates volcanic seepage from the lake’s bottom and enriches the surrounding soils.
Coffees from this region are often jammier and heavier than coffees elsewhere in the country. Murundo’s coffees are full of complex sugars, currant-like acids, blackberry and spice flavors and round, soft textures. Caliber is proud to be offering you this exceptional coffee. The master roaster has opted for a light roast to best reveal the subtle nuances and the result is marmalade with hints of dark chocolate and lime in the cup.