Washing Station: Kilimbi
Varietal/Species: Red Bourbon
Roast Profile: Light
Flavour: Cherry, Mango & Apricot
Rwanda: this small East African country should not be overlooked by roasters and coffee lovers. Known as the Land of a Thousand Hills, its production of high-quality, high-altitude coffee goes side-by-side with its fight against poverty.
It’s not one of Africa’s largest producing countries; in 2016, it harvested just 222,000 , 60 kg bags compared to 7.1 million in Ethiopia and 4.9 million in Uganda. However, Rwanda is positioning itself as a world-class specialty coffee origin and the delicious flavors of its coffee back this up.
This coffee comes to us from the Kilimbi Coffee Washing Station located on the shores of Lake Kivu in the southwest region of Nyamasheke in Rwanda.
Kilimbi CWS was one of two first washing stations to be granted approval to produce natural and honey processed coffee in Rwanda by NAEB. The elevation of Kilimbi lends itself well to the production of exceptional honeys and naturals. Drying beds stretch across a large open plain, where airflow and sunlight have maximum exposure to the coffee as it dries.
Best Consumed: 5-20 days post-roast date
This coffee is great for filter brew methods. Our favourites are Kalita Wave, Aeropress or Clever Dripper. For filter, we recommend 6g of ground coffee for every 100ml of water at approx 93c. Use your kitchen scales you’ll love it!