This is an adventurous coffee, with a bright and complex acidity, full body and perfumed elegance, best consumed black!
Vunga is a cooperative that has partnered with MTCo to assist with finance and education. The team at Vunga is led by women and has 260 active members who contribute. The operation is not of huge scale, but the quality is remarkable, and has been recognized a handful of times with a placement as high as 4th in Cup of Excellence Rwanda.
This season, Vunga processed a record of 185 tons of coffee cherry. This volume increase is largely due to the assistance of MTCo. For the 2018 harvest, MTCo is helping improve their infrastructure, building out a coffee nursery and providing tools to the farmers who contribute their cherry. These improvements will help in both the quality of the coffee and the volume produced.
All the coffee in production at Vunga is undergoing a washed process. After being pulped in a Penagos depulper, the coffee is fermented for an average of 6 hours before being laid to dry for 35 days. When we were there, the parchment was clean, the beds were being raked, shifted and sorted, and the team behind Vunga was very excited to meet foreign buyers.
We believe this cooperative has the potential to achieve amazing cup quality and demonstrate the operations of a sustainable cooperative model in the coffee industry. Emerine, the station manager, is a very highly regarded and strong willed woman, who asked for feedback on her execution stages at the cooperative. This alone is a sign that great things are to come for the members of Vunga and the coffees they're producing.
Producer: MTCo Partnership with Vunga Cooperative
Station Manager: Niyonshuti Emerine
Farmers: Small Producers
Micro-Mill: Vunga Co-op
Build Date: March 2009
First Year Rosso Purchased: 2017
Region: Nyabihu, North Western Region of Rwanda
Processing Techniques Purchased: Washed
Elevation: 1650 - 2000
Tasting Notes: Plum, Red Berry, Honey, Grapefruit, Perfume
Roasted For: Filter