Altitude Range: 1400 – 1800 MASL
Language Spoken: Kirwanda, French
Harvest: March – July
Coffee Production: 246,000 bags (Crop 2013 – ICO)
Common Varieties: Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai
Avg Farm Size: Mostly small farmers with an average of 0 – 4 hectares.
General Cup Profile
Rwanda, like its other East African neighbors, grows mostly Bourbon and Bourbon derivative varieties. These coffees are known for their extreme sweetness and big bodies. Rwandan Coffee typically has notes of dried red fruits like raisin and plum, and citric acidity to support the generally rich characteristics of the cup.
Rulindo (1775 MASL) Located in the northern province on Rwanda, Rulindo offers one of the finest coffees in the country. Rulindo has all the necessary characteristics to produce exceptional coffee, fertile red-soil, only Arabica varieties, and the people’s will to produce excellent coffee.
Gishamwana Coffee Island: What an amazing coffee farm location! This project is literally located in the middle of Lake Kivu. Coffee is transported by boat to be processed on the mainland. They have over thirty five thousand coffee trees planted with environmental harmony in mind. This farm is in transition to becoming certified organic and is currently farmed with organic farming practices amongst forestry that provides a level of shade much greater than typical African coffee. Also, by nature of Gishamwana’s isolation from other coffee, many of the other natural coffee diseases and pests quite simply have not made the boat over.
Kigeyo organic washing station: This washing station is high, even in a country where most of the washing stations are high to start with. Up at 1900 meters (and collecting coffee from another 200 meters up on the hillsides, Kigeyo was built in 2009 by Emmanuel of to get there the good coffees are. We had this coffee done in the Kenyan double fermentation style and have been very impressed with the results.
Kabirizi (1765 MASL)
Southern Province and Eastern Province
The Southern and Eastern Provinces of Rwanda have incredibly high elevations, but they do not yet account for a large percentage of the total specialty coffee production in the country. There are motivated specialty coffee producers in these areas and they are of extreme interest to our sourcing team. As our sourcing operations continue to develop in Rwanda, we may be seeing more gems from these parts of the country.
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