Coshaco Washing Station is located in the Nyamasheke District at an altitude of 1514 masl. It services farmers who grow at altitudes between 1600 and 1750 masl. The station was first built and managed by a cooperative with the support of TechnoServe in 2009. The cooperative, made up of 160 members, operated the station for 4 years, but poor management did not allow for profitability. In 2014, one of the members, David Senzira, agreed with the cooperative to rent out the station and manage it privately. Since then, he has been able to achieve profits every year, allowing him to make second payments to farmers and expand the station’s capacity. David is able to employee most of the cooperative members, and he processed over 250 tons of cherries this past season.
Processing is done on a 3 disc McKinnon pulper, before the coffee is dry fermentated for 12 hours, wet soaked for 9 hours, density graded using water channels, then dried on raised beds for an average of 18 days.