You know we like to keep things fresh and lively around here! This month's Roaster's Choice is another Limited Edition coffee, right out of the heart of Africa. Highly regarded by our one of our trusted coffee suppliers, this addition is a stunning example of Rwandan coffee. We are proud to offer you: Rwanda Mahembe Murundo LTD.
From last month's Congo Umoja, we're hopping over Lake Kivu to explore this intriguing Rwandan coffee. Lake Kivu, a gorgeous and massive lake separating the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, is surrounded by hills up to 2000 masl. These hills are perfect growing conditions for the fickle coffee bush.
Kivu Belt Estate workers tending drying beds.
Here, a woman named Furaha Umwizeye Teuscher runs Kivu Belt, one of the region's top producing coffee estates. In an area where smallholder farms are the norm, Kivu Belt is a bit of a rarity. With over 90,000 coffee trees to manage, Teuscher employs hundreds of locals. Not only that, but they offer training programs, providing a vocational school to those smallholders interested in improving their own coffee farming ventures. Kivu Belt has been able to acquire two washing stations, one in Murundo and the other in Jarama, allowing them to process not only their own cofffee harvests, but that of over 500 farming families in the region. These smallholders don't have as far to travel to sell their harvest, and they are assured quality premiums.
According to our coffee source, "Coffees from this region are often jammier and heavier than the rest of the country. Murundo's coffees in particular are full of complex sugars, currant-like acids, blackberry and spice flavors, and round, soft textures."
Kivu Belt Estate
Couldn't have put it better myself! This particular offering comes from 400 growers around the Murundo washing station, and is from local bourbon (burr-bone) varieties.
- Grown at 1700-1800 masl
- Volcanic loam
- Triple washed
- Notes of kumquat, walnut, and persimmon on a juicy, round backdrop
Vincent's hit it out of the park with this one, so get them while you can!