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Clean and well balanced with great complexity and sweetness we are delighted to feature it for a second year running– Murakoze Huye Mountain!
Hols first tasted this lot when visiting Huye Mountain as part of the Cup of Excellence jury in August 2018 and knew she had to secure some of it. It had only just come off the drying beds but it literally jumped off the cupping table! Natural processed coffees are not typical for Rwanda which has traditionally been a producer of exceptional washed coffees. This has gradually changed in the last few years but this lot was the first we had tasted that really showcased the amazing characteristics of this process when it is done well – get it wrong and the coffee can be almost vinegar like in character, get it right and the result is this! Perfectly clean with an incredible amount of character and amazing sweetness. We get something different almost every time we cup this coffee but the dominating flavours are of strawberry and ripe mango. As espresso in milk this coffee is creamy in mouthfeel with hints of milk chocolate coming through.
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.
This washing station is well known thanks to the fame it achieved through ‘A Film About Coffee’ which was released in 2014 and documents the story of Mr David Rubanzangabo who has transformed coffee production in this area providing a fairer income to the 1,330 smallholder farmers who deliver their cherry here to be processed. David encourages and rewards selective picking each year by awarding members with the highest scoring lots with a cow or a goat to provide milk for the family and fertiliser for their coffee trees in the years to come. It has been a well-known and respected washing station since its establishment in 2011 having placed 2nd in the Cup of Excellence in 2012 and produces outstanding coffee at altitudes ranging from 1,600m to 2,300 metres above sea level.
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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 🙂
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