This pure and organic Arabica coffee is known for its extreme sweetness and big body with a sharp and unique flavor. This coffee is grown and proccessed in small plantations (not biger than 2,5 ha). It has a subtle and rich aroma of forest fruit with deep sweetness to it – but still quite high in strenght and a little acidity. It all makes this coffee a great treat for the true lovers of espresso and americano coffee.
Origin : Africa, Rwanda
Region : Rutsiro
Co-operation : Small Producers (Natural & Organic)
Varietal : Bourbon
Process : Fully washed
Altitude : 1400 – 1800 metres
Harvest : March – July
Aroma : Notes of dried red fruit like raisin and plum; some can also taste notes of marzepan, almond & caramel. Citric acidity supports the generally rich characteristics of the cup.
In Rwanda, many property smallholders engage in subsistence farming. They grow an assortment of vegetables and fruit for their own consumption but also some cash crops, including coffee, to earn money. The actual quantity on some of these farms can be a little as a few trees but, of course, some are larger. Once harvested, the coffee must be quickly brought to a local washing station where it will be collected, usually combined with coffee from similar neighboring farms. Then it is fully processed, going through the numerous steps of depulping, fermenting, washing, drying and milling, all while at the washing station.
It is critical that coffee be at the washing station within hours of being picked so haphazard fermentation does not begin. In a country like Rwanda there are few roads and trucks are outside the reach of most subsistence farmers. Much of the coffee makes its way to the washing station on foot or, more recently, on specially designed bicycles. Washing stations are being built all over Rwanda so one is close to where coffee is grown.
Processing at the washing station consists of pulping, dry fermentation, wet fermentation, washing and soaking, all followed by the drying proccess on raised African style beds, off the ground and with good air circulation.