About Us



Ruvubu is a big river and park in Burundi and is situated next to the village (farm), where the coffee beans are produced. The river water is used to wash and process the coffee into its new mature state. The Ruvubu River is in central East Africa where waters gather from the most distant portion of the Nile basin. It is about 300 km long. It rises in the north of Burundi, near the town of Kayanza and then does a southward arc through Burundi, being joined by the Ruvyironza River near Gitega.


Where did COPROCAME come from?

COPROCAME is a company created by former employees of AFRICAN PROMOTION COMPANY (APROCO) whose Owner is Mr. KADERI Richard. As a way to thank these employees, he decided to rent the Washing Station to them for 3 years absolutely free. The agreement was for them to use the same processing methods for producing specialty coffee (fully washed), and just recently, the honey process and natural processing methods.



The name Kavugangoma

which actually means, the sound of the drums, originated from the location of the washing station which can be found on the hill of Kavugangoma. In Burundian tradition, all the drums were made out of trees called Umuvugangoma. Some time ago, when Burundi was a Kingdom, this tree was planted and became sacred to the region. The washing station took 4 years to build and is currently doing its eighth production. In addition to that, there are many obvious changes among the population.

  • Minimize the distance of the route taken by coffee growers to bring the cherries from their fields to the PWS (coffee growers declared walking a great distance in order to get to the washing stations)

  • Reduced waiting time for coffee growers to hand over their cherries to the staff at the washing station.

  • Establishment of a more civilized organization, by implementing regulations and procedures in respect of the coffee growers.

  • Job creation among the local population has greatly reduced poverty and the rate of exodus of active populations to the cities.

Burundi now has 18 Provinces which is divided into 129 Communes and approximately 3000 hills. About 18 hills surround the Kavugangoma PWS and all supply coffee to the PWS.

Note that the quality of the cherries may vary depending on the treatment system and the following criteria:

Liam Swart (3)


The African Promotion Company featured its first campaign in 2010-2011. The construction and commissioning at the Kavugangoma washing station was completed long before the campaign, and all the necessary equipment had been put in place. The coffee growers acknowledged huge success of this campaign. Awareness Sessions included:
• APROCO’s Vision. To ensure always perfect timing for picking of ripe cherries and bring them to the plant to be pulped exactly 6 hours after picking. This will ensure consistently high quality coffee is achieved.
• The benefits of grouping coffee growers together.

The coffee growers are grouped in an association named Association for the Promotion of the Model Coffee Producers and their Environment “APROCAME” Here are some innovations of the Pulp Washing Station of Kavugangoma:

  • While the washing station was under construction, a 20-hectare coffee plantation was being set up near the washing station.

  • Use of organic fertilizer for nurseries.

  • Numerous trees for shade have been planted.

  • Beekeeping project to help polarization.

  • Planting trees along the road to the Washing station to fortify and reduce erosion.

Some other development activities associated with the Kavugangoma Washing Station Construction Project:

– Rehabilitation of communication roads
– The contribution to the construction of public infrastructures at MWAKIRO commune (classrooms at the primary school of the region)
– Awareness programs of coffee growers to save for access to small loans to initiate small income-generating activities to meet needs (school materials for children, cement to fortify their homes, etc.) The women are the mainstay of households and the youth make up the labor force in the region and are also the future of Mwakiro. For the men, there are principles of good work that enable them to be productive in the workplace, as this is the only way to fight against poverty.


• The President of Burundi, Mr. Pierre Nkurunziza recognized Richard’s potential to develop the country through a sustainable rural development program when he visited Kavugangoma Washing Station. Among the President, various senior officials and ministers from government have visited at the Washing Station.
• AFCA designated APROCO as the company of July 2013.
• Participated in the SCAA Exhibitions (Specialty Coffee of America Association) in the United States, 2014 and 2016
• Currently there are many long-term projects in progress.
• From 2014 to 2016 Richard was elected to lead the Coffee Washing Station Alliance in Muyinga Province.
• He has also created an association for promoting awareness for coffee growers and their environment (APROCAME) in the hopes that eventually all coffee growers share the same vision of “promoting of coffee in a world where the protection of our environment is our first priority”


The Washing Station is built in a modern way and is equipped with the following:
• A 157 m3 water tank
• A hopper subdivided into three (3) in order to produce specialty coffee
• A Maccnone machine has 4 disks with an ironer
• 16 fermentation tanks and 4 soaking tanks
• 200 drying tables
• A parchment stock that can hold more than 100 tons
• A pit for waste-water treatment
• Only solar energy is used for powering the lights
• The water used during the coffee washing process is captured, by gravitation system, at a distance of 3km.
• Sand pipes have been installed for easy access to obtain drinking water.

• Pulp waste from the pulping process is used as an organic fertilizer on the 20ha plantation but is also distributed for use on plantations in the vicinity of Kavugangoma Washing Station.
• Kavugangoma Washing Station is innovative, and is one of the first to have many agroforestry and fruit trees surrounding it, in addition to the coffee plantations
• Ecological latrines have been installed. Not only are they clean and comfortable but also do not use water (dry-latrines) and are suitable for areas with little or no running water, to protect the water table
• Waste from these environmental latrines is collected for use as organic fertilizer.

• Installation of the best filtration and recycling systems of all Washing Station waste-water to protect the environment, as well as for the people living in the nearby vicinity.