Johnathan Ngoga Washed



This unique coffee is grown by Johnathan Ngoga, and his family and is something quite different for Rwanda. The average area of land a producer in Rwanda grows coffee on is about 0.5ha, the Ngoga family, however, grows coffee across 10ha of land. The entire family, spanning three generations contributes to the production of coffee, from tending to trees, harvesting and delivering cherry to the Rugali Washing Station, it is very much a family affair. Coffee is the primary source of income for the Ngoga family and the income from production is shared across the family.

The unique size of the Ngoga farm allows for something quite unique for Rwanda. Usually, coffee grown across an area is delivered by hundreds of smallholder producers, mixed and processed together daily at the washing station and then presented as a regional micro or blender lot. With 10ha, however, coffee is delivered to Rugali where it is kept separate and processed three ways as a washed, honey and natural processed single farm lot. While in other coffee-producing countries this is nothing out of the ordinary, this coffee gives us an insight into a flavour profile from a very specific part of the Rugali sector within the Nyamasheke district.

As a washed processed coffee, it is first floated in concrete tanks, to remove any less dense cherry. It is then rigorously hand-sorted before it is pulped and fermented for 14 hours, after which it is washed in a serpentine where it undergoes a density separation. It is dried for up to 21 days on traditional raised African beds, where hand sorting of the parchment is carried out as it dries to remove any visually defective coffee.

Beans suitable for all brewing methods.

Process: Washed
Type: Micro Lot Origin
Country Of Origin: Rugali
Producer: Johnathan Ngoga