Rwanda Gihombo

£6.75£25.00

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  • Aeropress

  • Espresso

  • Pour Over

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About

Rich and juicy blackcurrant flavour with hints of vanilla and cinnamon spice. There is a rounded, sweet tangerine acidity too which results in an incredibly complex yet well balanced coffee.

Key Stats

Location: Lake Kivu, Nyamasheke District, Western RwandaAltitude: 1,600-2,000 metres above sea levelPreparation: WashedVarietal: Red BourbonOwners: Privately OwnedFlavours: Blackcurrant | Vanilla | Tangerine

Details

The Gihombo washing station was set up in 2006, but only became fully operational in 2011. It is managed by Joseph Mutagoma who has gradually built up the capacity of the washing station over the last few years. It is located in the village of Butare in the Gihombo sector in the northern part of the Nyamasheke district in Western Rwanda on the shores of the infamous Lake Kivu. It is widely accepted that some of the best coffees in Rwanda come from this area thanks to the fantastic altitude, rolling terrain and volcanic fertile soils.

Gihombo is a private wet mill which services 320 smallholder farmers from the surrounding area who deliver their ripe red cherry to collection points, before it is taken to the centralised wet mill. Here it is pulped by the ecological Penagos de-pulper which uses up to 80 per cent less water than other more traditional models. The pulped beans are then left to ferment in their surrounding sticky mucilage for around 12 hours before being washed clean and taken to dry on raised beds for between 15 and 22 days. All of the coffee is bourbon which contributes hugely to the complex yet balanced resulting cup.

Brew Guides

Pour Over

Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 1 minute 30 seconds (based on a 1 cup Pour over)Coffee:Water 16-18g : 250ml
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Espresso

Grind Setting: Very fineBrew Time: 28-34 secondsDose:Brewed Weight 17-19g : 35-40ml
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Aeropress

Grind Setting: MediumBrew Time: 3 minutesCoffee:Water 17-19g : 250ml
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Delivery Details

We roast on a Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday / Post orders on a Thursday / You should get your coffee ready to drink on a Friday or a Saturday dependent on the good old Royal Mail service.

Get your orders in before 12pm on a Wednesday to ensure you have fresh coffee to drink by the weekend. If you need to get hold of some coffee outside of our roasting days then please feel free to drop us a line at hello@northstarroast.com

Local pickups can be collected directly from our Roastery at Unit 33, The Boulevard, Leeds Dock, LS10 1PZ on a Thursday or Friday from 8:30am until 5:30pm. There is free parking parallel to The Boulevard on Chadwick St and there is a free water taxi directly to us from the train station along with several bus options. Unfortunately we cannot deliver your order to a local customer for you to collect from.

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