David Rubanzangabo & Tim Schilling, Huye Mountain

David and Tim use a discerning eye to process only perfectly-ripe beans at his washing station

Year founded

2007

Partnered with Stumptown

2012

Varieties

Bourbon

Processing techniques

Fully washed

What’s new

This year’s social premium was providing access to health insurance for the farmers who contributed to this lot of Huye Mountain.

The Producer

David Rubanzangabo, Huye’s founder, rewards each of the producer groups who deliver to the washing station with different perks from our social premium. This year, David is giving each producer group access to health insurance as part of the incentive based system which encourages farmers to continue to improve quality. In previous years, Stumptown’s social premium has been used towards facilitating micro loans, installation of a new water station, and even cows and goats for the farmers.

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The Place

The Huye Mountain washing station is comprised of approximately 500 smallholder farmers. David built his washing station in South Butare with a focus on producing high quality, washed coffee. The washing station has implemented practices to prevent the wasteful use of natural resources and works to offset the effects of climate change in all aspects of its operation, particularly with regard to greenhouse gas emissions.

Throughout the harvest David’s sister, Rachel, roasts and cups the individual lots in the lab facility. In 2005, she was trained by an international group of cuppers, including Stumptown’s founder, Duane Sorenson. Rachel checks the quality of the lots as they come off the drying tables and relays her results back to David.

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The Process

In 2015, Huye built another washing station down the road from David’s house and the original washing station. This allows for growth and increase in processing capacity. The new washing station features a 2500 Penagos depulper with a cherry flotation line to sort by density, six tiled tanks, and a tiled grading and washing channel. They also installed a large, fully covered pre-drying and hand-sorting area and more than 125 raised drying beds.

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