Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04
Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04
Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04
Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04
Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04
Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04
Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04
Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04
Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04
Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04

Rwanda - Muzo Lot 04

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dark plum, cherry, banana, caramel

Weight 250 grams
Roast Profile Espresso
Grind Size Whole Beans

Producer: Baho Coffee / Emmanuel Rusatira
Farm: Muzo Washing Station
Location: Gakenke District
Variety: Red Bourbon
Process: Natural
Altitude: 1,500 – 2,100 masl


Emmanuel Rusatira founded Baho Coffee, intending to help to improve the livelihood of small coffee farmers in Rwanda. His empathy for their life struggles stems from having been born into a smallholding coffee-farming family himself.

He came to a deeper understanding of the material challenges they face throughout his years directly working with them as a coffee washing station manager and realized the true extent of their plight when he oversaw upwards of 30 washing stations across the country when he was working as a Department Head of Specialty, Sustainability, and Certification.

The foundations for a quality-focused coffee industry established by the Rwandese government to revive the nation after the 1994 genocide —where Emmanuel lost his parents and brother — served not only as a source of hope for survivors like him but also served as the solid ground upon which they could rebuild their lives.

Emmanuel decided that the evocative Rwandese word "baho," literally meaning "have life," best captures and conveys his company's reason for being — which is for his smallholding coffee farmer partners to have better lives.

The Muzo Washing Station takes its name from the sector where it is located and is run by the Muzo Cooperative in partnership with Baho Coffee, under a 10-year agreement. Enhancing the well-established fundamental systems to uphold quality, the station has adopted Emmanuel’s management style as Baho continues to share its operational expertise.

Farmers that deliver to Muzo are recognized and rewarded by Baho Coffee for providing high-quality cherries to the washing station through premium prices and a second, bonus payment. On top of that, the company extends educational, financial, and agricultural services to smallholder farmers and has set up several social programs focused on more marginalized segments within the farming community, like women, the elderly, and the youth.

Bourbon is the only variety that made it to the Cup of Excellence the last time the auction was conducted in Rwanda. This points to Bourbon’s propensity for taking in the best qualities of terroir, which then translate into desirable qualities in the cup.

Amid a dominantly washed process-oriented industry, Emmanuel sought to be one of the pioneers of natural and honey processing in Rwanda after visiting Costa Rica, where he witnessed how these methods could multiply the trajectories of flavor creation.

He applied this learning in Baho to widen their coffees’ range of flavors beyond the usual associations with the bold brightness of classic Kenyans and hints of Ethiopian florality. Naturally processed, this lot boasts caramel in the cup, with a fragrant sweetness complemented by the rounded acidity of dark stone fruit.

At Baho Coffee, the initial steps to process cherries are standardized. It starts with a day of intensive sorting in complete shade, to ensure only the ripest of cherries picked at most 2 to 3 hours prior, and without any visible defects, proceed to the next steps. The sorted cherries are then floated in a large container, whereby the floaters are removed, and only the densest ones go into processing as higher-grade lots.

In this case, the densest cherries were placed directly onto the drying beds within a custom-built parabolic drying facility, akin to a greenhouse, to protect them from rain and too much sunlight. This drying phase can last from 50 to 55 days.

During this period, the cherries are layered singly with a maximum depth of 2 to 4 cm and turned hourly for the first five days, and then every two hours until day 20. The ambient temperature and that of the coffee are closely monitored to control the pace of drying with the intention of keeping it slow.

By recording temperature and moisture at regular intervals daily, the processing team can adjust their activities accordingly, whenever key drying indicators fall outside the target thresholds. For example, workers might shift the cherries more frequently or cover them with a mesh, or both, to prevent over-fermentation and the formation of molds, which would otherwise turn up in the cup as undesirable flavors indicative of defects.

The drying phase ends upon reaching a moisture content of 11%, at which point the coffee in dried cherry is packed and kept in a dry warehouse until it needs to be milled.

brewing guide

- Ready your brewing tools ahead.
- Keep your coffee gear and containers clean.
- Decide and adjust your grind size based on:
— Your coffee’s roast date
— Your brewing method
- Be consistent with water quality and measuring weight, ratios, and time.
- Remember!
— Let your palate help you personalize the best recipe for you.
— Brew often and have fun!

More about Brewing here.


  • DOSE: 18 to 20 grams 
  • YIELD: 32 to 36 grams 
  • TIME: 22 to 26 seconds
  • RATIO: 1 : 1.8
  • TEMPERATURE: 90°C - 93°C


  • DOSE: 18 to 20 grams 
  • YIELD: 27 to 30 grams 
  • TIME: 20 to 24 seconds
  • RATIO: 1 : 1.5
  • TEMPERATURE: 90°C - 93°C

To get a well-extracted espresso—

- Align your brewing variables

- Adjust according to specifics of your situation, like your —

— Espresso machine settings

— Portafilter basket size

— Grinder

— Puck prep style

More here for tips to dial in on point spros.