Rwanda Gakenke Muyongwe

– very refined cup with light body. Sidamo styled tea like after taste; think rosehip/rooibos.

Muyongwe washing station is located in the Gakenke District of the Northern province in Rwanda. It was built in 2006 as part of the Tuzamure Kawa cooperative system. Ever since then, the washing station has been making a name for itself in Rwandese specialty coffee. In 2007 its coffee ended up on the first place in the Rwandese Gold Cup auction, a year later it ranked fifth in the Cup of Excellence competition. Other Cup of Excellence appearances were in 2010 at place fifteen, in 2013 it moved up to place seven and in 2014 it even managed to obtain a second place as a presidential coffee with a score of 90.69!
The lots 32 cup coffee merchants are offering this year were selected from one of the lots that Muyongwe submitted to Cup of Excellence in 2014. One of the washing station lots made it all the way through to the international auction round, but these two particular lots got kicked out somewhere along the road. It still represents part of the washing station’s best effort, and was to us about the best Rwandese coffee we’ve had on our cupping table in the last two years. It’s got a classic Sidamo profile, with a lot of lime going on and a crisp citric acidity. Added to that we found that typical creamy mouthfeel and rosehip characteristics. A crisp and bright red fruit profile on a light body.