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Rwanda Cyato Anaerobic Natural


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Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Espresso

  • Pour Over

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This is one of the most interesting coffees we have ever had the pleasure of purchasing. It has a funky character typical of many natural processed coffees but there is clarity to this cup too making it super complex. On the dry there are distinct florals with aromas of blueberry and black grape. On the palate, we find super sweet notes of tinned pineapple and peach with fruity notes of strawberry and a malic pomegranate like acidity. The mouthfeel is reminiscent of date syrup. It is a coffee to be sipped and savoured for you are sure to find a different aroma on every mouthful!

We have been lucky to establish some incredible relationships with export partners over the last few years who help us to access some of the most incredible coffees…One such example is Tropic Coffee, a company Hols was introduced to when visiting Rwanda in 2018 as a member of the Cup of Excellence jury. We have worked with Chris and his team ever since to purchase our beloved Twumba washed coffee each year – this year we were delighted to receive some new samples from up and coming washing stations that are pushing the boundaries of processing to produce some new and exciting profiles.

This coffee comes to us from the Cyato washing station that processes the cherries collected by farmers of the Abadatezuka cooperative situated around the infamous Nyungwe forest – well known for outstanding coffee production not only because of its rich fertile soil, but also due to the large population of bees in the area which leave unique microorganisms during pollination creating a distinct flavour profile. The appreciation of the importance of bees in this area means there is no use of synthetic fertilisers or pesticides and farmers are actively educated on how to preserve the presence of pollinators.

Since 2019, the Cyato washing station has experimented with processing to best show off the coffee’s natural profile but also to create new and unique lots. One way of doing so has been to use lidded tanks to anaerobically ferment the cherries without oxygen for between 24 and 72 hours (depending on the environmental temperature) before taking the fermented cherries to the raised beds to rest and complete the drying process slowly and gently, being regularly turned to prevent mould formation. These efforts at the washing station coupled with the exemplary agricultural methods used by the farmers have created a coffee that is near enough organically processed and that actively promotes biodiversity in the area, encouraging the presence of bees to continue improving the inherent cup quality but also the yield too.

Key Stats

Location: Nyamasheke District, Western RwandaAltitude: 2,200 metres above sea levelPreparation: NaturalVarietal: Red BourbonOwners: Tropic CoffeeFlavours: Pomegranate | Date | Strawberry


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: 2:00 - 2:30Coffee:Water 17g : 250ml (dilute if necessary)
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Grind Setting: FineBrew Time: 26-29 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 16-18g dose : 32-36g yield
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Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 1:00 to 1:30Coffee:Water 17g : 250ml
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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 Wednesday 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 11 reviews
Best coffee

I am a big fan of North star coffee & buy regularly, all are tasty.
But, this one in particular is one of the best coffees I've had.


Beautiful coffee - love the flavours of strawberry!

Funky and Lush

Really enjoyed tasting this coffee. I would describe it as a delicious natural coffee on a classy night out.


What an incredible coffee this is, a shining example of the natural process bringing juicy sweetness and acidity without any of the funy/boozy notes. Bright red berry in abundance an absolute delight.

This year's favourite so far!!! (2021)

I've got to admit that I was REALLY looking forward to trying both of the Rwandan coffees I'd ordered, but, when they arrived, this one was ALWAYS going to be the one I tried first. Given the choice, I wouldn't 'wander away' from great African beans very often. Also, I've always had a preference for naturals. Added to this, I've tried quite a few 'anaerobic's over the past couple of years and have never been anything other than highly impressed with the flavours. So, even before trying it, I was hoping for great things!!!!
Was I disappointed?? Not in the slightest!!!
It's SO good that I've been having to limit myself to using no more than 25g per day, as, unfettered, I'd have used it all up far too quickly.
It is incredibly fruity, but not at all in a 'blackcurranty' sort of way. The dominant tone of truly summery strawberriness backed up by that sweet date syrup softness is truly wonderful. It is far and away my favourite coffee out of all that I've tasted this year (ie. the six other types of beans delivered and drunk in 2021 so far). I know we're not even a quarter of the way through this year as yet, BUT I'd be surprised if this coffee gets knocked off its current perch as my 'number 1'!!!
Thanks again to ALL at North Star Coffee for ALL you've done to aid my 'mental well-being' during the past year. Your influence on my psyche has been hugely positive and tremendously important!!!