Duchenne Dash

This coffee is a fundraising collaboration between Matthew Bateman & Wood St Coffee, Illustrated by Dillon Howling. 

In May 2023 Matthew will be cycling from London to Paris to raise money and awareness for Duchenne UK.

The Duchenne Dash is Duchenne UK’s annual signature cycling event. Over the past 10 years, the Dash has grown into our biggest and most challenging fundraising event of the year and has raised more than £5.5 million for DMD research.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive condition diagnosed in childhood. It causes all the muscles in the body to gradually weaken. There is currently no cure for Duchenne, but there is hope. Duchenne UK is at the forefront of advancing treatments and care for everyone affected by the disease.

All profits from the sale of this coffee will be given to Duchenne UK.


About this coffee- Gishyita, Rwanda

It was great fun getting Matthew up to the roastery to source this coffee together. We landed on this lovely sessionable washed red bourbon from the Gishyita washing station in Karongi. Stewed fruits combine with brown sugar sweetness, reminding us of apple & blackberry crumble. 

REGION: Kigarama, Karongi


VARIETIES: Red bourbon


NOTES: Apple and blackberry crumble!


And the winner of ‘station with the best view’ goes to: Gishyita. This tiny washing station, located in the Kigarama cell within the Karongi district, lies on the slope of a mountain looking west across Lake Kivu toward the hills of Congo in the distance. Near to the small town of Ngoma, the station was built in 2010 and acted as a cooperative and was fully established as a washing station by Rwanda Trading Company (our sister company) in 2018. The station employs 6 staff full time with the addition of 80 seasonal workers during the season, 90% of which are women. Gishyita also has one of the most impressive success stories in regards to yield quality increases over time. 995 local farmers rely on Gishyita for cherry processing. In the first year RTC took ownership of the station, these farmers contributed a total of 187 tons of cherry. In the past 4 years, all 995 farmers have been trained in yield quality optimisation of their coffee through RTC’s training program. Read more about RTC's farmer training program here


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