Gitwe #832 RWANDA
Gitwe #832 RWANDA
£8.50 / 250g
- Location Nyamasheke District
- Altitude 1800masl
- Process Natural
- Varietal Red Bourbon
- Flavour Strawberries and cream, peach notes
- Mouthfeel Complex, creamy
Why we picked this coffee
Rwanda is known for their exquisite and very clean, wash processed coffees. Looking for a distinctive coffee we could call ‘complex and wild’, we have got our hands on some classic, washed Rwandan style samples, among which we also found this little, sneaky natural gem. Initially a bit sceptical about natural process from the land of washed, we brought it to the cupping table and got our palate and nose challenge these assumptions. Lucky we did and lucky we were not too late to source one of the last bags of this rare Red Bourbon, which blew us away. Lesson learned.
We think of it as a kind of coffee we could proudly serve to amateur and more experienced drinkers, as it’s a perfect example of how wild and unexpected specialty coffee can be. The sweet, fermented aromas these green beans release makes it a real pleasure to roast.
About the area
Blessed with ideal coffee conditions Rwanda's coffee history has its ups and downs, challenging and going hand in hand with the turbulent history of the nation itself if you dare to dig in. The more we research about it, the more humble we feel about our own given time and place in this world.
Although the story behind the Rwandan cup of coffee is not easy, the specialty coffee movement has significantly helped with recovery of the coffee industry in the region, resulting in better and more stable prices for the farmers, who continue to amuse us with outstanding beauty of Rwandan coffee.
About the producer
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 and in the southern province.
Gitwe is a newly constructed washing station, located in Nyamasheke district, one of the regions with high concentration of coffee trees and washing stations. At a very high altitude, Gitwe is surrounded by hills covered by green coffee trees, and the volcanic soil off the shores of Lake Kivu, makes this coffee some of the finest in the country. Owned by Rwanda Trading Company, there are 800 farmers in total who are delivering to the station.
Hey, do you know what Specialty Coffee means?
Specialty coffee is a term used to describe coffee, which scores 80 points or above on a 100-point scale.
Grown at higher elevations, processed carefully once harvested, systematically graded by the certified green coffee buyers, freshly roasted with meticulous attention to bring out the best of a particular bean, skilfully brewed ensuring each bean reaches its full flavour promise and traceable at its entire lifecycle.
Specialty coffee exists through the dedication of all of those people involved, including the customer, who actively seeks out specialty coffee options.
Specialty coffee movement contributes heavily to worldwide consumers’ understanding and appreciation of quality, artisanal coffee production. As a result, more and more farmers are able to connect with quality-minded buyers, ensuring a higher profit option, which supports families and coffee growing communities around the world. A movement we are proud to be part of.