A delicious espresso, truly representative of the type of washed coffees produced in Rwanda. Tastes like roasted pineapple with berry compote and a grapefruit like acidity.
LOCATION: Gitwe Washng Station, 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 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.