Cooperative – Gisuma
Altitude – 1600 – 1850 masl
Location – Rusizzi District, Western Rwanda
Preparation – Washed, sun dried on raised African beds
Varietal – Red Bourbon
Cupping Notes – Red berries, blackcurrants, plums. Juicy, dense & syrupy. A complex cup.
Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee growing conditions that include high altitude, regular rainfall, volcanic soils with good organic structure and an abundance of Bourbon. The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders of whom 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. Flowering takes place between September and October and the harvest runs from March to July with shipments starting in late May early June.
Our coffee comes from the Rwanda Gisuma Washing Station in the Rusizzi district in western province. This cooperative has 155 members who grow their coffee at an altitude of 1,600 to 1,850 metres above sea level. Red Bourbon, washed and sundried on raised African beds.