Western, Rwanda



Gihombo wetmill is a privately owned washing station that was built in 2006, but only became fully functional in 2011. Located near the shores of Lake Kivu in the northern part of Nyamasheke district, the station's cherry collection area ranges in altitude from 1,600m - 2,000m. All coffee is processed using a 800 kg/hr Penagos eco-pulper, dry fermented for 12 hours, and then dried on raised beds for 15 - 22 days. Gihombo is supplied by a group of 320 farmers from the sectors surrounding the washing station. 2012 was Gihombo's peak production season, with a total of 30 tons of parchment produced. 2013 was a low production year in Rwanda, and in the Gihombo area, resulting in a production of only 14 tons of parchment. They managed to bounce back in 2014 with a production of 24 tons of parchment.