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Caffe Society - Rwandan Nkora

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Grown on the rolling hills surrounding Lake Kivu. Plums, black cherry and mulled spices.
Known as 'the Land of 1,000 Hills', Rwanda has all the topographical attributes needed to grow some seriously brilliant coffee.

Coffee, in the early 1990s, was one of the country's most lucrative exports. But the lofty status that the coffee industry had was almost completely lost when Rwanda was plunged into turmoil. The genocide of 1994 would claim the lives of an estimated 800,000 people and brought about some of the darkest days that humanity as seen in modern times, almost destroying the nation in the process.

But as the country began to heal, aid and investment would slowly begin to help many of the now-displaced population. Time was once again devoted to the coffee industry which, as a whole, began to modernise. From the plantations through to washing stations, Rwandan coffee has improved exponentially since those horrific days of the 1990s.

Thanks to Rwanda's welcoming climate, undulating terrain and rich, volcanic soils, many varietals – including this Bourbon – flourish. From almost being almost completely erased, today, many of the coffees that the African nation produces rank amongst some of the best that the world has to offer. These are coffees that have bags of character.

This offering has been selectively picked from the Nkora washing station in the waterside city of Gisenyi. The facility, one of the oldest in Rwanda, acts as a hub for the local farmers that work the fields and plantations that frame Lake Kivu and plays an important role in community advancement by ploughing profits into sustainable research and educational programmes.

On its own, expect a fully body, plenty of clean acidity and an absolutely enthralling aroma that seduces the senses. In terms of taste, the first thing that presents itself to your palate is a selection of stone fruits – think plums, prunes and black cherries – with a slight hint of mulled tea. Calmer notes of chocolate and spices will also be present as you move towards the finish.

But when used with milk, the flavours come together to form a full-bodied cup with ample mulled spiced and biscuit notes, backed up with an array of blackcurrant and peach sweetness and a calming, fruit aroma.

Altitude: 1,450-1,800m
Farm/Coop: Nkora, Gisenyi Washing Station
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, Milky, With milk
Origin: Africa/Rwanda - Gisenyi, Rubavu District
Process Method: Washed - and sun dried
Tasting Notes: Dark stone fruits. Mulled spices
Varietals: Bourbon

Roasterr: Caffe Society

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.