RWANDA • HUMURE
Humure is an incredibly sweet and soft cup. Given the Red Bourbon varietal and natural processing, there is loads of bright berry notes. It reminds me of those thick syrupy pools that form around thawing frozen strawberries. The cup is thick with a satisfying array of floral rose hip and cream notes that perfectly set-up the milk chocolate finish. When it all comes together, it is like a chocolate-covered strawberry dipped in table cream or the chocolaty cookie wafer bite of a Kit-Kat.
This is the second year we are working with the Baho-run Humure Station. With the help of Brendan at Semilla and Emmanuel at Baho Coffee, we were able to source from a single farm this harvest! Emmanuel singled out Athanase Ndagijimana's family lot because "they serve as model in good agricultural practices, soil management, erosion control, environmental conservation practices as well as giving jobs to many other small farmers in need".
Humure station was built by Emmanuel Rusatira and his family in 2017 and takes its name from the highest hill in the Gatsibo District area. The station is completely managed by women, in what Baho calls an “investment in gender equity”. This is a naturally processed coffee, meaning cherries dry with fruit intact. At Humure, this is a 48-day process and takes advantage of the areas slightly drier and hotter climate.
Strawberry Wafers, Rose Hip & Kit Kat.
Remera Sector, Gatsibo District, Eastern Province.
Baho Coffee's Emmanuel Rusatira.
Athanase Ndagijimana's Family Lot.