Rogue Wave Coffee - Rwanda, Dukorere Kawa Bukure, Natural
Tasting Notes: Blueberry, Tangelo, Plum, Cantaloupe, cotton candy sweetness
Region: Bukure Sector, Gicumbi District, Northern Province
Farm and Producer: 80 small farms with Nova Group
Elevation: 1800-2200 Meters above sea level
Agnes Mukamushinja, Felix Hitayezu, and the Nova Coffee team passionately care about the well-being of others. Before coffee, Agnes, a nurse, and her husband, Felix used to run a pharmacy called “Pharmacie Nova” in Kigali. Their official vision is, “At Nova Coffee, we envision to drive the community socioeconomic welfare through the enhancement of improved coffee farming practice." and their mission statement is, “Being a women-centered washing station, Nova Coffee is commited to develop the neighboring community into specialized coffee farmers that produce the high-quality coffee as well as to enhance the social cohesion in order to create more jobs and eradicate poverty". Truly socially motivated dreamers!
This special natural processed lot was grown by farmers who live just adjacent to the washing station in the Bukure sector. This was an experimental lot in its first year and they hit it out of the park. As the saying goes, it didn't just happen. Part of being a good manager is surrounding yourself with great talent, and Agnes has brought top-notch people into the Nova Team in the past few years. Celeste is their quality control manager with over 20 years of experience, and a big part of the success of this lot. It's rare to see him without his notebook, phone, and moisture reader. Thacien is their full-time, year-round agronomist for farmers with a goal of bringing production up to 10 kilos per tree. Theresa manages their daily operations, farmer organization, and gender equity training. This list goes on and on. The cherries got dried over the course of 18 days for roughly 9 hours a day while being carefully watched over by Celeste.