This is a beautiful experimentally processed lot from the Karongi District in the West. Much of Rwanda’s coffee is fully washed, the cherries which contributed to this lot have spent 24 hours in a cool dark room before being pulped which has encouraged an extra step of fermentation adding real complexity and juiciness to the cup.
This is a coffee full of flavour with notes of raspberry, dark chocolate and peach. It’s body and intricate flavour make it a versatile brew being well suited to a host of methods ranging from V60 to Espresso.
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. Coffee is grown in most parts of the country, with particularly large concentrations along Lake Kivu.
The Karongi District sits to the east of Lake Kivu in Western Province and is home to the washing station of Gishyita which processes the coffee of its 86 cooperative members. This lot is particularly special as it has been experimentally produced using a process that creates a very interesting result on the brew profile of the coffee. Most of Rwanda’s coffee is fully washed in channels like much of East Africa – with this lot, the ripe red cherries were held for 24hours in a cool dark room to allow some fermentation to occur before the skins of the cherries were removed. This added step has created a touch more character with a really pleasant juiciness and some natural funk synonymous with honey or natural processed beans.
We are happy to say we are now able to dispatch orders on a daily basis from Monday to Friday. If your order is received before midnight, it should go out to you the next day using the Royal Mail First Class or DPD next day courier service depending on the weight of the parcel. If you place an order over the weekend, it will be packed and dispatched when the Roastery re-opens on a Monday.
If you have selected the Local Pickup option, this should be ready in our customer collection point in the North Star Coffee Shop and General Store by 5pm the day after you have placed your order. Opening hours can be viewed here along with information on parking and location. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.
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/is ready to collect.