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Rwanda Twumba Washed


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Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Chemex

  • Espresso

  • Pour Over

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We can’t say enough about this beautiful coffee, it is so well structured and refined yet versatile and balanced. It is perfect through a paper filter without any milk showing off its delicious notes of orange and hints of raspberry. On metal filter, it becomes more sticky with a fruit cake like character and deep notes of cherry and brown sugar.

We have been delighted to have this coffee on our offer list ever since Hols met with owner Gerard in 2018 when she was in Rwanda helping to judge the Cup of Excellence competition – and when Twumba took first place! We have very much enjoyed building a relationship with this amazing group of farmers. The coffee has got better and better every year and is truly deserving of its long standing place in our range.

Twumba is situated in the village of Nyaruyaga in the Karongi District in Western Rwanda. It has only been in existence since 2014 when the owner, Gerard, identified the need for a processing unit in this particular area to service the smallholder coffee farming community there. It was only 3 years old when it took the top spot in the prestigious Cup of Excellence competition. 60 per cent of the coffee in this lot has been produced and harvested by women and 90 per cent of employees at the washing station are women. It is a huge focus of Twumba CWS that women are empowered in the coffee community, something we wholeheartedly support here at North Star due to the huge role played by women in our supply chain.

We are delighted to be partnering up with International Service through sales of this coffee and are donating £1 from every bag sold towards their Firm Foundation programme. International Service is an international development charity that has been working to end poverty and injustice in developing communities since 1953. Their work in Rwanda is focused on women’s empowerment and enabling those living in poverty to change their futures for the better. 72% of women in Rwanda are self-employed yet 63% of female headed households are living in relative or extreme poverty. Women are also more likely to invest any available money in their family’s health or education rather than in business, leaving Rwandan women locked in a cycle of poverty. There is currently no infrastructure for business coaching in Rwanda, so the aim of this project is to engage self-employed women who are, by national measures, living in poverty in rural Rwanda. Firm Foundation will enable women to establish successful businesses and become leaders in their communities.

Key Stats

Location: Karongi District, Western RwandaAltitude: 1800-2200 metres above sea levelPreparation: WashedVarietal: Red BourbonOwners: Gerard MutagengwaFlavours: Fruit Cake | Cherry | Orange


Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee growing conditions that include high altitude, regular rainfall, volcanic soils with good organic structure and an abundance of Bourbon. The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders of which there are thought to be around half a million with parcels of land often not much larger than just one hectare per family.


Brew Guides

Pour Over

Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 2:30 - 3:00 for up to 300ml water usedCoffee:Water 18g : 250ml (dilute if necessary)
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Grind Setting: FineBrew Time: 29-34 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 16-18g dose : 35-40g yield
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Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 2:00 - 2:30 overallCoffee:Water 6-7g coffee per 100g water used
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Grind Setting: CoarseBrew Time: 6-7 minutes for 1 litreCoffee:Water 60-70g coffee per 1 litre
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Delivery Details

Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road, please note we are still operating social distancing so ring the doorbell when you arrive and we can pass your order through the door. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm. We are offering free shipping for orders above £20 🙂

Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched. We are currently operating with a 2-3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. If you have ordered a Nova Bakehouse cookie kit, this will be posted on the next available Tuesday along with any other items you have ordered. 

Thanks in advance for your understanding, it is much appreciated in these challenging times!



Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Fantastic dark fruit!!!

Having bought both Rwandans & tried the 'anaerobic' first, I was aware that this one would have to truly exceptional to become my NEW favourite of the year. It really IS an amazingly rich yet sharply fruity drink and incredibly enjoyable. That fresh dark cherry lead &, yes definitely, rich fruit-cake follow up are wonderful. My problem in deciding between this dark-red fruit style & the summery-strawberryness of the 'anaerobic' beans is which DO I prefer?
It's VERY much like comparing the 'black' with the 'yellow' honeyed Malawo beans. It's 'horses for courses' once again. This one IS wonderful, but that STRAWBERRY hit from the cyato anaerobic was SO amazing that, in my mind, it slightly shades it largely due its difference from other coffees.
However, buying BOTH is probably the best idea as they are both truly delicious!!!


Loved this coffee, fruity light and delicious

North Star gets the five stars

Another fantastic coffee from North Star. Highly recommended

Fruitness and acidity

Love the fruitiness and refreshing acidity. Definitely a complex one.

Delicious coffee

Bought this from The Coffee Obsessive in Leicester. Unbelievable. Delicate, sweet with a beautiful clear finish. Tried this from the batch brew there and bought some for brewing at home immediately.