This Honey processed, Rwandan lot has sweet notes that are complex and lingering. Dried fruit notes of prune and raisin and accompanied by a deep, caramel-like note that reminds us of malt.
|Prunes, raisin and malt
The Gisanga Washing Station resides in the beautiful mountain range of the Congo-Nile Divide. Situated high above sea level, the fertile land has perfect growing and processing conditions for red bourbon coffee trees, with clay and sandy soils, and a cool humidity.
The Tropic Coffee Company operates from Gisanga washing station, which serves more than 850 coffee producers from the Ruhango District. The company undertakse training with local farmers to ensure harvesting of their bourbon trees has the best chance in resulting in high quality specialty green beans. This company has also established several initiatives to support environmental protection, waste water treatment, and women producer groups.
Usually, after harvest the cherries are delivered from the farm to the station by foot or by bicycle, and Tropic Coffee always pays the farmers extra for any logistical expenses they might incur should a vehicle be required. The station uses a variety of processing methods, and the mostly female team of workers meticulously sort and manage the cherries throughout the entire processing stages. The washed coffees use the natural spring water from the local area, known as ‘Theresa’s natural spring’, an old name in reference to the Theresa family who first used the water for home coffee processing methods.
|Barichu Cooperative Society
|Ruhango District, Southern Province
Ruhango District, Southern Province, Rwanda
Rwanda's coffee history dates back to the 1930s, when the Belgian colonial empire forced Rwandan farmers to plant an abundance of coffee trees The vast majority of coffee grown in Rwanda is Arabica varieties, and 95% of it is one of several long-established Bourbon variety. Coffee is mainly produced by 400,000 or so small-scale farmers, who own, on average, less than a hectare of land (approximately 175 coffee trees).
While still relatively new to the specialty sector, Rwandan coffee offers remarkable cup potential that rivals other top coffee-producing regions. The country has optimal growing conditions to cultivate high-quality arabica coffee due to its rich volcanic soil, high altitudes, and abundant rainfall.
Gisanga Washing Station is one of the best coffee-growing regions of Rwanda’s central plateau. High up in the mountains and bordering the Congo-Nile Divide near Burundi, it’s commitment to not only quality coffee, but social equity and education, make this coffee representative of what we love about the specialty coffee industry.