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Coffee: From cherries to beans

Coffee: From cherries to beans

While touring Nyamasheke District, I visited Jarama coffee washing station owned by Kivu Belt Coffee. Founded in 2011, Kivu Belt Coffee owns three plantations and two washing stations in the area.

Altitude levels, humid equatorial mist and rich volcanic soil create an ideal terroir for the production of high quality coffee. Kivu Belt Coffee is exported to the US, Europe and Japan.

Before I visited the washing station, I went to the plantations and traced the genesis of the beverage I can’t do without. When I set foot on the hills on which Kivu Belt Coffee is grown, I was awestruck by beauty.

Kamajumba and Nyaruzina estates are breathtaking peninsulas. Jarama, on the other hand, is part of the grandeur of hills embellishing the shores of Lake Kivu. If you consume this brand, your coffee comes from paradise.

When I made it to the washing station, I found out what happens between the cherries and the beans. We harvest cherries and brew beans. The transformation of cherries into beans is an intriguing process.

The coffee beans we brew every day are the seeds of the cherries I had harvested prior to the tour of the washing station. The first thing we do after harvesting is removing the seed from the fruit.

At the washing station, fruits are removed from the cherries and the beans are dried. That’s easier said than done though. Processing coffee is a complex technical operation. I will shed more light on the subject in one of my upcoming posts.

The author is visiting all 30 districts of Rwanda. His tour of Nyamasheke is sponsored by Nyamasheke District, The Click Creations, Tec-Global Ltd, Elimo Real Estate Ltd and Exposure.

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