Rwanda Gakenke MUYONGWE (2016 lot)

  • Medium rounded body
  • A touch of lime
  • Elements of tea

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!

2 years ago we bought the same lot and that was a big crowd pleaser. More and more Rwanda is taking a front line seat at the Specialty Scene. For us it is, as for Burundi, the perfect winter offer for both filter or espresso roasts.

The variety is a typical (sweet) bourbon. And the soil around in this Gakenke region is Silt/clay/sandy – pH 4.7

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Rwanda Gisenyi Coopac

• Floral

• Apple acidity

• Complex

• Caramel and Melon notes

In the area nearby Lake Kivu we already bought a lot of knock out coffee’s. This one, traded by Cafe Imports, is less savory than the Vunga and Karambi, we did earlier in the season. Nice for a change, and once again a proof that well grown and processed African washed coffee’s are the best of the class.

COOPAC is a fair trade certified cooperative located near Lake Kivu on the steep slopes of volcanic mountains. COOPAC began with 110 farmers in April 2001, and currently has 8,000 members contributing coffee from Ack, Ubuzima, Tuzamurane, Kopabm, Abakundakurima and Abanyamurava. With over 50 washing stations along the northern landscape of Lake Kivu, COOPAC exports 150 containers of Fair Trade certified coffee annually.

The variety is a mix of Bourbon and (the less known) Mayaguez.

Rwanda Nyabihu Vunga

• A very juicy coffee

• Light lemon and Orange peel notes

• Apricot Jam

• Small green Grapes

Vunga cooperative is a washing station (coffee mill) in Jomba, Nyabihu, Western Rwanda and named after the nearby village. The Vunga station is at 1463 meters, with coffee coming from the surrounding hills ranging from 1700 to 2100 meters. The area borders the Virunga national forest, which has a healthy mountain gorilla population, and is just a couple hours from the borders of Uganda and DRC (Congo).

This area features rugged terrain with steep hills and deep misty valleys, which provide a natural water resource.

This cup is exceptionally juicy and showed at the first cupping more potential for filter roast then espresso, although it is clean and balanced enough to go both ways. It’s up to the roasters to roast it towards the Barista’s demand.

Rwanda Huye Mountain Karambi Bourbon

• Medium Body

• Silky mouthfeel

• Notes of Brown Sugar and Clove

• Perfectly Balanced

In the South of Rwanda we often find the country’s best coffees.

This area, around Huye, brings some of the highest-quality, most consistent beans. The high altitude and mineral-rich soil brings out their best characteristics; the bean must be a little bit stronger to survive.

This lot has been the work of Koakaka.

Koakaka’s story began in early 2002, when three coffee growers’ associations in Rwanda’s southern province decided to join together to form one strong association. Two years later the association became a cooperative, meaning that it is owned by its members, and took the name Koakaka, or Karaba Coffee Growers Cooperative.

Koakaka has since grown from 867 members to 1,316 in 2012 (297 of whom are women).

The variey is 100% Red Bourbon

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.