Rwanda Karambi 253 Single Origin Coffee Beans
Red Apple - Plums - Brown Sugar. Light-Medium Roast.
Where: Africa: Karambi, Nyamasheke District, Western Rwanda.
Altitute: 1545 MASL.
Tasting Notes: Cedar, red apple, plum and yellow fruits. Also, chocolately with a brown sugar sweetness.
SCA Cup Score: 85.75.
Drink it: We recommend a filter method, such as drip, pour over or aeropress. Also works well as espresso and in small milk drinks such as flat-whites. Mellows when brewed in a cafetiere. Try it with your favourite brew method.
Varietal: Red Bourbon.
Owner: Edmond Kanyamibwa.
Edmond Kanyamibwa is the owner of Karambi Mtn coffee. He is passionate about quality in coffee and this always comes first for him. Edmond built his first washing station in 2014 and after receiving good feedback on his processing, he focused on further improving the facilities and expanding capacity.
At the end of the 2015 season, as he toured his local area, he found an region with good coffee farms, but no washing station. To help the farmers process their cherries for good quality. He built Karambi Coffee washing station, and operated it that following season. His experience in managing wet mills helped him deliver high quality washed coffees.
At the station the cherries are delivered, floated and separated before being pulped and fermented until the mucilage is loose enough to be washed off. From here the coffee is washed in the the grading channels before being transfered to the raised beds for 10-14 days where the beans are allowed dry. They are then milled and bagged, ready for export.
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).