Gitesi is a private washing station owned and run by a father and son team, Alexis and Aime Gahizi. The washing station was built in 2005 and began processing coffee in 2006, it is located in the sector Gitesi in Western Rwanda.
Alexis’s is originally from the Karongi region which Gitesi is located in, and his family have been growing coffee in this region for generations. Gitesi has very strong relationships with the farmers in the local community, there are over 1,800 coffee farmers who have been delivering cherry to Gitesi. The washing station has also implemented a bonus system based on performance, which is paid out to the farmers at the end of the year.
Aime has a degree in engineering and has created a very comprehensive water purification system for the washing station, to such an extent that it is being used to model future water purification systems for washing stations.
Gitesi also has its own land on which it is growing coffee, with plans to expand this, as Aime explained this is to both directly be able to control and manage the quality of their production but also to ensure supply.
We roast and ship the coffee beans on wednesdays.