£8.75 – £33.00
Outstandingly complex and pleasantly clean in character – macerated strawberries dominate the cup with hints of peach, cream, grape and blueberry.
Hols tasted this lot when visiting Huye Mountain as part of the Cup of Excellence jury in August 2017 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 have tasted that really showcases 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 macerated strawberries and cream, a fruit bomb gratefully received in the midst of winter – Murakoze Huye Mountain!
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.
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.