1600 - 2200 masl
Partnered with Stumptown
David Rubanzangabo founded the Huye Mountain washing station with the unwavering goal of empowering his community. David manages his own farm, and began a seed-to-cup coffee tourism program which funds two scholarships for the children of local farmers. David did not know he would end up in coffee, let alone become a producer himself. David studied agronomy and began working in the country’s rural agricultural sector. After teaching small producers about coffee farming for several years, he wanted to try out the practices for himself.
David Rubanzangabo manages two washing stations and serves over 1,200 farmers in the Huye area. He bought land near where he grew up, in the Huye district. He planted coffee, and bought his own processing equipment. He wanted to do an experiment. But once his small washing station was built, farmers came asking to sell him their cherry. The first season he produced 50 bags, and Huye Mountain Coffee was born.
The farmers who deliver coffee to the Huye Mountain washing stations cultivate their Bourbon variety in the mountain highlands in the Huye district. Throughout harvest, David's sister Rachel roasts and cups coffees as they come off the drying beds, checking each day's delivery for quality. David still manages his own farm, and began a seed-to-cup coffee tourism program which funds two scholarships for the children of local farmers.