The history of this station and hill is mainly credited to the abundance of bananas in the area. The locals make use of “umubaga” which is the first juice squeezed out of the banana in order to brew beer, one of the many home-made brews the country so fondly makes. The word “umubaga” is also where the hill and station get their names, showing just how influential the bananas are in the area. The sub-hill of Butare which houses Rubagabaga station is particularly well known for holding large deposits of good quality clay which contributes to a lot of brick making. The word “butare” actually means jewel or precious stone although there’s no record or tale of anything relating to jewels in the area. The station hasn’t always had it easy, it’s actually the which experiences the most competition as there are quite a few other stations in the area, that and it was burnt down by rebels in 1997 relating to all the political unrest in the country.
|Roasting Date||Jan 8, 2019|