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Nyamasheke, Rwanda

In the mountains of the Nyamasheke region, above Lake Kivu in the Western Province of Rwanda, the Cotecaga washing station has been serving its tight-knit community of smallholder coffee farmers since 2006. Each of these growers works small farms of only a few hundred Bourbon variety coffee trees, which flourish amid the lush climate and volcanic soil so abundant in the area. In addition to coffee, it is common to grow potato, wheat, and cabbage. After the coffee is pulped and fermented, it is washed, soaked again, sorted for defects, and laid to dry for nearly three weeks. Cotecaga is a lively and sparkling coffee, with flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, and a smooth cola finish.

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