At first I was apprehensive to venture into Rwandan coffees. I know I love Ethiopian and Kenyan, but Rwanda can't compare...right? Well the last couple I've tried more than compare. They may not have the depth of flavor of the others, but they produce such a great clean cup that I'll take it on most days. This Gitesi is a perfect example of the this country can product.
Right from the get-go, Gitesi smells amazing - cardamom, caramel butter, and a floral-like Darjeeling tea note. There's a tartness to the cup that takes on flavors of rose hips and mandarin orange. There's a refined sweetness as well, like raw cane sugar. Buttery flavors shift toward lactic/cream as the cup cools and with hints of vanilla, tastes of cream soda. The finish is honeyed, and holds on long into the aftertaste. Gitesi brews so well, and will also make for a great SO espresso showing depth in sweetness.
Rwanda Gitesi Production
Gitesi is great; not only is it located in a beautiful valley, but the washing station looked clean, well-organized, and the leaders seemed motivated and competent. The Gitesi site is at 1740 meters, actually one of the lower areas surrounded by high ridges ranging up to 2000 meters, where coffee is grown. 1,830 coffee farmers in the area supply Gitesi with cherries each year. The station fosters a relationship with the farmers by paying an additional dividend at the end of each season based on performance. Gitesi was started in 2005 and has been building capacity each year. Like much of Rwanda, the coffee is Bourbon variety. Gitesi won COE a couple years back and continues to produce competition level coffees.
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 center of Rwanda