Light-medium roast, speciality coffee beans. Complex flavour profile with rhubarb and grapefruit-like acidity, notes of plum, a toffee body and mulled wine spices.
Rwanda Ibisi 163 Single Origin Coffee Beans
Ibisi Mountain Hills washing station is located in Southern Rwanda, just a short drive from the Nyungwe Forest, which has been traced as the source of the Nile River.
Bernard Uwitije, a native of the area, had been trading in naturally processed, conventional grade coffee as recently as 2015, when he learned of the potential for washed speciality coffee. He built his first washing station, Gitega Hills, which operated successfully in its first year (Bean Smitten featured some coffee from this washing station a couple of years ago) and he decided to expand the operations by building a second washing station, Ibisi.
The quality of coffee from both stations remains outstanding! When the coffee arrives at the station, the cherry is floated before being pulped and fermented until the mucilage is loose enough to be washed away. The coffee is then washed in grading channels with the denser beans separated from the lighter ones. After this the coffee is then dried under shade netting for the first 1 -2 days and then transferred to raised beds in the sunshine for the 15 - 22 days.
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: Rwanda, Ibisi Mountain Hills.
Owner: Bernard Uwitije.
Varieties: Red Bourbon.
Altitude: 1700 MASL.
SCA Cup Score: 85.75.
Drink it: We love brewing Rwandan coffees in our cafetiere (french press) which we find balances out some of the acidity in this coffee. Contrast this with a super clean filter method and see if you can pick out the Rhubarb!
Tasting Notes: Rhubarb and grapefruit bright acidity with notes of purple plum and juicy round toffee body paired with mulled wine spices.