Matyazo cooperative was founded in 2009. With the help of the development agency Technoserve, a group of producers in the region formed the cooperative and built the washing station.
Both the cooperative and the wet mill are in the Matyazo sector of the Ngororero district in Rwanda’s Western Province.
Today, the washing station serves 375 farmers whose farms lie within a wide range of altitudes: from 1,100 to 2,200 metres above sea level. The station itself is located at 1,719 metres above sea level.
Due to the wide range of altitudes, the washing station is operating for a longer time than usual during the harvest season. Lower altitude farms deliver their cherry beginning in February. Higher altitude farms begin delivering cherry in April or May.
Due to the wide variety of farms bringing their cherry to the washing station, the station has a strict system for separating and processing different lots. All lots are separated by purchase date.
Each day lot is processed and dried individually and cupped separately to determine its quality.
Higher altitude farms contribute to the classic Matyazo profile that is complex, crisp and tea-like with bright acidity and notes of white peach.