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Clifton Coffee - Rwanda: Gisuma

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Marmalade, stone fruits, clove & chocolate.

This coffee came up on the cupping table as a wonderful example of exactly where the Rwandan coffee growing industry is headed. We use this coffee in our latest version of EQ Seasonal espresso but it’s equally delicious by itself.
The Rwandan coffee industry started to undergo privatisation in 2001: and the first private washing station was established in 2002, and the first container of fully washed, traceable, quality coffee was exported in 2003.

Today Rwanda has more than 300 washing stations spread throughout the whole country. There are significant differences in the flavor attributes in the different regions due to climate, soil, altitude and growing conditions. Small holder farmers with less than 200 trees pr farm make up the majority of the industry. One tree produces an average of 1.7kg cherries, meaning it takes hundreds, or sometimes even thousands, of farmers to produce and deliver enough cherries to a washing station for one regular batch of coffee.

This lot from the Gisuma washing station near Lake Kivu has consistently delivered high quality coffee and in 2013, it finished 3rd overall in the Rwandan Cup of Excellence. Cherry is harvested by around 150 local smallholders and delivered to the mill for pulping.

After fermentation and sun drying on raised beds, coffee is stored in parchment for upto 1 moth before being dry milled and hand sorted for defects.
Altitude: 1705-1850 masl
Farm/Coop: Various local smallholders
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, With milk
Origin: Africa/Rwanda - Western Province, near Lake Kivu. Washing Station: Gisuma
Process Method: Washed - & sun dried on African raised beds
Tasting Notes: Complex, lively & juicy orange acidity with flavours of stone fruits, hints of ginger & chocolate finishing with a wonderfully textured mouthfeel.

Roaster: Clifton Coffee

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Initial collection: Clifton Coffee Roasters - Bristol

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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.