Rwandan coffee is quickly becoming one of our favorites to offer. Pairing the sweetness with the fruit flavor of this bean creates a perfect flavor blend.
When dry this Rwandan coffee has a sweet spice, honey and sweet cacao fragrance. We like to roast it lighter than most African beans and that brings out a green grape initial flavor we came across but as the coffee cooled it morphed into juicy Asian pear (my favorite fruit). The mouthfeel of this coffee shouts, “CREAMY!” Then it finishes with a sweet, like brown sugar aftertaste. My mouth is watering just writing this review. Drink up. This is a fresh, beautiful offering to enjoy in 2013.
Rwanda Nyamasheke Production
Nyamasheke is quite possibly my favorite growing region in all of Rwanda. Its located on the Southwestern portion of Lake Kivu and is a stunningly beautiful area in addition to the gorgeous coffee it produces. The station has recently changed hands of ownership and is managed by a group who we’re confident will run this operation better than it had been in the past. Needless to say that’s exciting. Several hundred farmers deliver their coffee cherry to the station where the seeds are depulped from the coffee fruit using disc depulpers. The seeds are then fermented for upwards of 24 hours before being washed in long channels, soaked overnight and then dried on raised beds. The station is at 1835 meters, and receives coffee cherry from farms in a range from 1700 to 2000+ meters. It bugs me how Kenyan always gets the comparison for coffee. Kenyas are so big and so complex that it rarely makes any sense that a Colombian coffee would be Kenya-like or a Costa Rica or Burundian or whatever. That said, this lot reminds me faintly of Kenyan coffee in the sense that it has everything (except the cost). The mouth feel is heavy and weighted. The acidity is bursting with brilliance and the sweetness is saturated and undeniable.
This coffee is roasted to order within 24-48 hours of order. We recommend 2 days rest after roast, so this will be ready to drink when you receive it.
At 26,338 square kilometres (10,169 sq mi), Rwanda is the world’s 149th-largest country. It is comparable in size to Haiti or the state of Maryland in the United States. The entire country is at a high altitude: the lowest point is the Rusizi River at 950 metres (3,117 ft) above sea level. Rwanda is located in Central/Eastern Africa, and is bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Uganda to the north, Tanzania to the east, and Burundi to the south. It lies a few degrees south of the equator and is landlocked. The capital, Kigali, is located near the centre of Rwanda