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The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders of which there are thought to be around half a million, with parcels of land often not much larger than just one hectare per family, with an average of approximately 180 trees each. Rwandan smallholders organise themselves into cooperatives and share the services of centralised wet-mills – or washing stations as they are known locally. Located 3 hours from the capital of Kigali, Kegeme coffee washing station is a spectacular mix of hillside and raised washing beds. With recently refurbished infrastructure, Kigeme boosts 40 raised drying beds and counting depending on production. The most attractive part about Kigeme is the high altitude from which the co ee delivered for processing comes from, sitting at 1,900 - 2100m, it allows for farmers to deliver mature, dense, fully ripen cherries. At that altitude coffee matures very slowly which allows for a desirable balance between acidity and sweetness. With a great source of water supply from a nearby river, water is gravity fed directly to the washing station on the slopes.