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Origin: Rwanda, Kigoma Sector

Varietal: Red Bourbon

Process: Washed

Altitude: 1650 masl

Tasting notes: Earl Grey tea, Dark berries, Honey

 

Suggested for: Filter/Moka

 

 

 

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Not far from sister station Maraba is the Horizon station, found in the neighbouring Kigoma sector, The site is just 20km from Huye the main city in the area and nearby to the small town of Simbi. 

 

The story behind Horizon’s name is a curious and slightly unsettling one. Sometime after the station was built in 2006, production was halted when the original owner was arrested and jailed due to his involvement in the genocide of 1994. The station lay dormant until RTC re-established production in partnership with its new owner, Fidel. 

 

Since Fidel is not originally from the area, his taking ownership of the station was met with some hostility by the local community. Now, passing through Kigali city you will notice the slogan ‘Horizon’ everywhere, on trucks and buildings. 

The Horizon group, whose business is infrastructure construction and repair are in fact owned by Rwanda’s defence ministry. In a move to tease the locals, Fdel named the Station ‘Horizon – Supreme Coffee’ to make the point that he was in conflict with them. Fortunately the joke was taken as playful rather than mean-spirited and the station has become a positive addition to the community in the work it provides for the local people. 94 people are employed by the station with 4 full-time. 70% of staff are women. 

 

Horizon must be one of the most beautiful sites in the Southern Province. The small 3 hectare area sits long in the valley with steep slopes surrounding it. Pineapples grow on the verges and avocado trees line the walk down to the site. 

It sits at 1680 metres but the farms surrounding the station are much higher up, closer to 2000 metres. 1200 farmers contribute cherry to the station from farms that are all within 2km from the site. 

 

The average farm size is 7000 trees (3ha), and some have only 100 trees, amongst other crops. In 2019, the first year production restarted, the station processed 450 tons of cherry.

 

during this year visit we were welcomed by the accountant Edras and sadly he communicated to us that the station was forced to stay closed by the local authority since 27/04 as it had been under investigation for purchasing cherries from farmers outside their catchment area, the station had to pause buying for almost 3 weeks during the peak of the harvest, the accuses were dropped and they resume operation on 15/05. When we visited the station had already been able to secure 495 MT of cherries not too far from the initial target of 800 MT, few employees were meticulously looking after the parchment on the beds.

During the off season Fidel had been allocating part of the land near the station to pasture where four cows were grazing, he is planning to slowly increase the number of cows for two main purpose, firstly they are planning to use the dung as supplement to add to the organic compost the station produce to distribute to the farmers, the second reason is for dairy production, he aim to supply milk regularly to the local farmers community and to the families of the seasonal workers. Total production for 2023 is estimated at 800 tons.

 

All 1200 farmers are members of the ATP. Farmers receive organic fertiliser from the station consisting of recycled cherry pulp, which is fermented with lime and molasses to create EM2.

Rwanda - Horizon Gikoma

€ 15,20Prezzo
IVA inclusa
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