Rwanda Isimbi

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An early crop from Rwanda, we couldn’t resist having a little peak at what the season’s going to be like. This blend from smallholders in Rwanda has a classical African profile. Fruity and bright flavors with red apple and pear in the main spotlight.

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Description

  • Origin: Rwanda
  • Region: Local blend
  • Washing station: Various
  • Crop: 2020
  • Altitude: 1500-2000m
  • Variety: Red Bourbon
  • Processing: Fully washed

A note from our supplier, Sucafina:

Cherry is selectively handpicked to remove any damaged or underripe cherries. Washing station only accept perfectly ripe cherry, so farmers take more care when they pick to ensure the maximum amount of cherry is accepted.  

Cherries are floated to remove those with insect damage or otherwise low density. The cherry is then wet fermented for 24 hours to remove the remaining mucilage. After fermentation is complete, the parchment is sent through grading canals to separate into three levels of density (A1, A2 & A3). Finally, the parchment is soaked for around 20 hours to improve quality and shelf life and to remove any remaining mucilage.    

After washing, the parchment is removed from the water and is delivered to pre-drying tables to be sorted by hand. Defects are often easier to catch when the parchment is still wet. After this process, the parchment is laid on tables to sun-dry where it is also consistently sorted to remove any remaining defects. 

Rwacof invests heavily in farmer training and good agricultural practices, primarily through our sustainability partner, the Kahawatu Foundation. Rwacof’s Farmer Field School shares information with all their producer partners on best agricultural practices, conservation tactics, the importance of picking only ripe cherry and more. 

Furthermore, Rwacof invests significant focus and resources on improving the financial situation of the farmers with whom they work.  Annual bonuses are always distributed once the coffee is sold; however, as part of Sucafina’s innovative Farmer Hub program, instead of giving these second payments in cash, Rwacof has negotiated favorable rates with a wide-reaching African bank. Thanks to this new partnership, farmers are equipped with zero-fee accounts that have no monthly account maintenance fees, no transfer costs and no withdrawal costs. Their new bank accounts not only mean more secure storage for their money, but it makes them bankable and eligible for other credit lines, often for the first time. 

Above all, Rwacof  ensures the best quality coffee through their exceptional attention to detail during post-harvest activities. From the moment that the coffee cherry enters the washing station until it is milled and bagged for export, Rwacof keeps stringent quality controls in place. They know, as we do, that high quality coffee is crucial for delivering benefit all along the supply chain. 

Our sustainability partner foundation, Kahawatu Foundation, complements the work of Rwacof in training farmers on good agricultural practices and providing health and safety education.

Despite its turbulent history, today Rwanda is one of the specialty coffee world’s darlings – for good reason! Our sister company in Rwanda does an amazing job of bringing the best that Rwanda has to offer to roasters around the world.

Rwacof invests heavily in farmer training and good agricultural practices, primarily through our sustainability partner, the Kahawatu Foundation. Rwacof’s Farmer Field School shares information with all their producer partners on best agricultural practices, conservation tactics, the importance of picking only ripe cherry and more. 

Furthermore, Rwacof invests significant focus and resources on improving the financial situation of the farmers with whom they work. Annual bonuses are always distributed once the coffee is sold; however, as part of Sucafina’s innovative Farmer Hub program, instead of giving these second payments in cash, Rwacof has negotiated favorable rates with a wide-reaching African bank. Thanks to this new partnership, farmers are equipped with zero-fee accounts that have no monthly account maintenance fees, no transfer costs and no withdrawal costs. Their new bank accounts not only mean more secure storage for their money, but it makes them bankable and eligible for other credit lines, often for the first time. 

Above all, Rwacof  ensures the best quality coffee through their exceptional attention to detail during post-harvest activities. From the moment that the coffee cherry enters the washing station until it is milled and bagged for export, Rwacof keeps stringent quality controls in place. They know, as we do, that high quality coffee is crucial for delivering benefit all along the supply chain. 

Our coffee comes in craft paper bags which contain a plastic liner on the inside to guarantee freshness of our coffee. Please dispose properly at your local plastic trash container. The Village Coffee is roasted fresh every week, and best consumed within four weeks after roast date. Store your coffee in a dry, dark and cool place, avoid the fridge.

Additional information

Country of Origin

Rwanda

Processing Method

Washed

Taste Notes

Berries, Citrus, Red Apple

Weight

Small (250 gr-8.8 oz), Medium (340 gr-12 oz), Large (1 kg-2.2 lb), Big bag (2,5 kg-5.5 lb)

Grind Size

Ground for Espresso, Ground for Filter, Ground for French Press, Ground for Moka, Whole Beans