HEIGHT: 1.550 m.a.sl.
VARIETY: Red Bourbon
Apricot, mandarin, mango, honey, caramel, milk chocolate, intense and clean.
Rwanda is known as the country of a thousand hills, it has an ideal climate and topography to grow high-quality coffee. After the genocide of 1990, the population found hope for the future in the coffee plantations. Thanks to foreign development organizations, aid came to Rwanda to support coffee production as a driver of the economy.
The government soon realized that they could not compete in terms of quantity of production, but they could compete in quality. They have invested a lot of time, energy, and resources in developing a network of common wet mills, where micro-lots from farms are processed in different areas. This political decision has paid off, as Rwanda has earned a very good reputation on the international specialty coffee scene.
The Fuji CSW mill, where this coffee is processed, has 850 producers in the area and is located in the southern Nyaruguru District. Its owner, Emmanuel Rusatira, and his family have been processing coffees by the washing, honey, and natural method since 2017. After selecting the ripest cherries, they are left in water basins, pulped and left to dry for 10 to 12 hours then fully washed. In the drying beds, the defective beans are discarded and the rest are left to dry under direct sunlight until they reach a humidity level of 12.5%.
The washed batches produced at Fuji CSW are impressive. Its rich and complex flavors offer an attractive and exuberant final result. A cup of coffee with notes of apricot, tangerine, mango, intense flavor, and extremely clean end.
It is a versatile coffee, which can be enjoyed both in a filter, Italian, or espresso.