Rwanda is a country full of cultural diversity, natural beauty, and fertile lands. Known as the land of a thousand hills, the country is blessed with ideal conditions for growing specialty coffees. Its geography ranges from earthy swamps and sunny savannas in the East, to rolling hills in the center, and high mountains in the West. Just as manifold as the country itself is the composition of its coffee production: On average each producer owns only a small parcel of about 180 trees. This smallholder structure makes it necessary for coffee farmers to share services at central washing stations and organize themselves in cooperatives. Rwandan coffees are usually referred to by referencing the name of the district along with the washing station or farmer group.
The Simbi coffee washing station is located in the Huye Hills district of Rwanda‘s Southern province. It was his grandmother‘s great passion for coffee farming and roasting, that inspired founder Abdul Rudahunga to enter the coffee business and establish the washing station. Today, the wet mill gathers over 1,800 smallholders. They all grow high-quality Arabica Bourbon, a varietal known for its complex acidity and great balance. Per harvest, the farmers supplying to Simbi washing station produce up to 500 tons of cherries. Cherries are carefully hand sorted, processed, and sun-dried on drying tables.
Established in 2013, the washing station started off well with a 9th place in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence competition in its first year of operation. Since then, it has always focused on producing high-quality coffees and therefore repeatedly achieved high ranks in the contest - a success that reflects the farmers‘ great dedication and diligence.