Our fourth lot from the fabulous Gitwe washing station. Another exemplary coffee which we think tastes like apricot jam with a fudge sweetness and a touch of nutmeg.
CULTIVAR: Red Bourbon
LOCATION: Nyamasheke District
ALTITUDE: 1,800 masl
Our ARCHETYPE espresso aims to showcase coffees which are shining examples of a particular region or origin.
Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee growing conditions that include high altitude, regular rainfall, volcanic soil 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. Coffee is grown in most parts of the country, with particularly large concentrations along Lake Kivu and in the southern province. Rwandan smallholders organise themselves into cooperatives and share the services of centralised wet-mills – or washing stations as they are known locally.
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 benefits from volcanic soil off the shores of Lake Kivu. There are 800 farmers in total who are delivering to the station where the cherries are pulped right away, fermented for 8-12 hours, and then sundried on raised beds for 10-15 days.