25 August 2012
During our travels last year, we had one of the most delicious cup from a Rwandan bean - Rwanda Musasa, roasted by HAS Bean. Since then, we have been on the lookout for interesting beans from Rwanda. This East African country has great altitudes, rich volcanic soils and an abundant labour force for coffee farming. Though coffee has always been a staple export in Rwanda, the country was never a player in the specialty coffee market. Over the past decade, there has been an impressive turnaround in quality. Through the work of several international development projects, foreign aid came in to kick-start a specialty coffee industry by building new coffee washing stations, organising farmers into cooperatives, and training local farmers, cuppers, and agronomists on quality. Since then, the coffee industry began to blossom & flourish in international markets.
This new coffee is from Karengera, a coffee washing station in southwestern Rwanda. The town and mill of Karengera is in the Nyamasheke district that lies near Lake Kivu, and the borders of Burundi and Congo. This is a Bourbon varietal, wet-processed coffee. We have been previewing this bean for the past 2 weeks as our daily brew offering. This weekend, we are pleased to finally roll out this bean on our bean rack.
This coffee reminds us of the inherent flavour characteristics of African beans. In the cup, we get berries with hints of lemony zest. Floral aromas at the beginning, followed by juicy strawberries & blueberries. This is a very clean cup. Sweetness comes through as it cools. We like brewing this with the Kalita wave dripper to highlight further the floral notes & clean finish. With the aeropress, the juiciness is further enhanced. Drop by for a cup & get a bag from our rack before it runs out. Limited stocks only.