A light-medium roast, single origin coffee. Raspberry wine, toffee, tropical fruit like mango, yellow peach and dark chocolate. Complex.
Rwanda Bwenda 578 Single Origin Coffee Beans
Bernard Uwitije, the owner of Bwenda, is from Southern Rwanda, in the Nyamagabe district where coffee is the dominant crop. After experimenting with home processing, he set up his own wet mill near his home town in 2016. He soon expanded and Bwenda is his third and most recent wet milling location.
2019 was the first season of operating Bwenda, processing only 1
container worth of cherries. Bernard is already running various programmes to help local farmers delivering to Bwenda. Early success, means he is already looking at expanding the capacity of the wet mill.
Rwanda has almost ideal growing conditions for coffee: high altitude, regular rainfall and volcanic soils with good organic structure.
The majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by around half a million smallholders with tiny patches of land often not much larger than one hectare. Coffee is grown in most parts of the country but, it is concentrated along Lake Kivu and the southern province.
Rwandan smallholders organise themselves into farmer cooperatives. They share the services of centralised washing stations (also known as wet mills).
Where: Africa: Western Rwanda: Nyamasheke District.
Owner: Bernard Uwitije.
Varieties: Red Bourbon.
Altitude: 1,700 MASL.
SCA Cup Score: 87.
Roast: Light - Medium.
Drink it: Works well in a cafetiere, any type of filter device or as a single origin espresso. We prefer this one without milk.
Tasting Notes: Natural raspberry wine, toffee, tropical fruit like mango, yellow peach and dark chocolate. A very complex cup!