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Coffee Processing

Many people think that having a coffee business is like having a factory and big farms producing and processing coffee. But, sadly, that process only works for tea production in Rwanda because the tea factories are government-owned in most cases. On the other hand, coffee factories are mostly privately owned by the people and cooperatives are created among the people with certified farmers. For example, Huye cooperatives have 1200 certified farmers, all with small farms. The farmers' coffee cherries are given to a private factory for processing and grading. During the harvesting season ( March to June), there are more employees to process cherries; numbers can vary depending on factory capacity. In the case of Huye, they employ 400-500 temp workers to process cherries to coffee green beans. After harvesting, the workers go back to the farms to maintain the coffee farms by weeding, deploring, fertilizing, etc.