The story of coffee production on Ngogomo hill begins with a fisherman. The fisherman had made his livelihood catching fish in a stream near the location where the station is located today. When the fish disappeared, the fisherman, unable to find a reason or solution to the problem of the disappearing fish, switched to coffee farming. Coffee farming proved to be a more stable profession, especially considering the ideal climate and soil composition, which produced high quality cherry. Many of the neighbors of the farmer-turned-fisherman decided to follow suit and began farming their own coffee trees. The successful story of his coffee plants and the good quality of the cherries around the area meant that the people living nearby also started to grow coffee trees.
Today, Ngogomo is one of the main stations in the province of Muyinga, it was constructed in 1992 and today serves more than 1,800 farmers on 18 hills. The station is overseen by sustainability and station manager Severin Nizigiyimana. With 10 fermentation tanks, 3 soaking tanks, 258 drying tables, 4 selection tables and 10 floating tanks the station can process up to 1,500 metric tons of cherry each season. The processing season runs from April to June.
The washing station participates in a number of farmer outreach and support projects including a livestock rearing project and a range of Farmer Hub projects centered on strengthening cooperatives and improving yields.
Cupping Notes: Clean and sweet with notes of milk chocolate and light fruit reminiscent of orange and white grape.
Altitude: CWS - 1,689 masl; Farms - 1,500 - 1,800 masl
Coffee Grade: FW Scr 15+
Farm Size: 200 to 250 trees on average
Process: Fully Washed
Harvest Months: March - July