Rwanda Bourbon French Roast
Cup Characteristics: As a dark roast this coffee has the signature bittersweet, caramelly flavors imparted by the sugar transformation during longer roasting. The Bourbon variety lends for a deep and rich chocolate flavored coffee. Caramelled aromas of honey, cedar, cocoa and spices. Flavors of blackberry, vanilla, and lemon. A juicy clean cup.
$15.99 per pound
Modern Rwanda is considered one of the most stable countries in the region. Since 2003, its economy has grown by 7-8% per year and coffee production has played a key role in this economic growth. Coffee has also played a role in Rwanda's significant advancements towards gender equality. New initiatives that cater to women and focus on helping them equip themselves with the tools and knowledge for farming have been changing the way women view themselves and interact with the world around them. Today, smallholders propel the industry in Rwanda forward. The country doesn’t have any large estates. Most coffee is grown by the 400,000+ smallholders, who own less than a quarter of a hectare. The majority of Rwanda’s coffee production is Arabica. Bourbon variety plants comprise 95% of all coffee trees cultivated in Rwanda.
Process: Cherry is selectively handpicked to remove any damaged or under ripe cherries. Washing stations only accept perfectly ripe cherries, so farmers take more care when they pick to ensure the maximum amount of cherry is accepted. Cherries are floated to remove those with insect damage or otherwise low density. The cherry is then wet fermented for 24 hours to remove the remaining mucilage. After fermentation is complete, the parchment is sent through grading canals to separate into three levels of density. Finally, the parchment is soaked for around 20 hours to improve quality and shelf life and to remove any remaining mucilage.
After washing, the parchment is removed from the water and is delivered to pre-drying tables to be sorted by hand. Defects are often easier to catch when the parchment is still wet. After this process, the parchment is laid on tables to sun-dry where it is also consistently sorted to remove any remaining defects. The parchment is then bagged up and sent to Rwacof and milled in their mill.
RFA stands for Rainforest Alliance, a certification system that emphasizes climate-smart agriculture. RFA farms have at least 40% of land covered in canopy, significant species diversity (at least 12 native tree species per hectare, on average) and a system of natural vegetation buffers between agricultural land and bodies of water. The farms also use organic fertilizers.
- Country: Rwanda
- Farm: Various Farmers
- Owner: Smallholder farmers working with Rwacof
- Region: Various
- Municipality: Various
- Altitude: 1200 to 2000 meters
- Varietal: Bourbon
- Harvest: March-June