This specialty coffee in our offerlist is from Rwanda, from a small washing station in the western part of the country. Overlooking Lake Kivu, the Gisheke coffee washing station’s drying beds are perfectly situated to receive light winds off the lake. Gisheke receives much of its cherries from farms on the islands on Lake Kivu. These cherries are brought to the washing station by boat, and forty percent of the cherries come specifically from the Island of Mushungwe. After being aquired in 2017, the washing station was undergoing major renovations and improvements to handle more volume. Today around about 630 smallholder farmers are working together with the washing station, under the Managing director Josue Dusengiyumva. After pulping the cherries, they float 12 hours in fermentation tanks, and than the beans are dried for 40 days on raised beds. This is intended to bring out more sweetness in the coffee. Beans are graded from A1 to A4 using channels based on density and size.
This coffee is a microlot, which term means that there has been investigative and experimental input by the buyer, grower or both, to produce a coffee with special characteristics. Microlots are special lots of coffee, selected for their high quality and unique flavour profiles. You will usually find microlots within larger farms or estates, grown in limited quantities and picked and processed entirely separately to the rest of the farm’s.
This coffee is smooth and silky with juicy notes of orange and stonefruit.It gives an even roast, we recommen it for espresso as well as for filter coffees.lots.