Washing Station: Mwito Washing Station
Coopertaive: Rwanda Trading Company
Region: West Nyamasheke
Process: Natural, dried on raised beds for 11 to 14 days
Elevation: 1,347 masl
Variety: Red Bourbon
Flavor Notes: Raspberry - Pear - Tonic
Roast Level: Light
Rwanda Trading Company was established in 2009 as a vehicle for positive social impact. This group has displayed a consistent commitment to securing economic freedom and security for smallholder farmers by building resilient, transparent supply chains.
RTC processes and exports 25 percent of Rwanda’s annual coffee production.
The group owns and operates sixteen wet mills and works directly with farmers throughout Rwanda – buying, milling, processing and marketing their coffees – while investing in producing communities through agribusiness training programs. Since 2013, these programs, which focus on cultivation innovation and reducing costs of production, have resulted in an 86 percent increase in farm revenue for RTC's producer-partners. It’s a highly collaborative effort, which fuels sustainable economic stability from the ground up.
The Mwito Washing Station sits on the shores of Lake Kivu in West Nyamasheke.
Mwito washing station was constructed in 2008, but for many years there was no
stability due to a lack of financing. For all those years, farmers lacked a consistent
partner who would support them beyond buying coffee cherries. RTC purchased
Mwito in 2017 and operated it for the first time in the 2018 season. One year after, all
farmers had been registered to enroll in RTC’s farmer impact programs for extension
services and preparation for certification. In 2019 RTC built a kindergarten school for the
coffee farmers’ children.