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Horsham Coffee Roaster: Rwanda, Liza Washing Station, Thin, Natural

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We first visited Rwanda in 2014 and over the last few years we've developed some very close relationships within the Rwandan coffee community. We first visited Liza washing station in May 2018 and have been buying coffee from them for two years.

For several years we have been working with producers in Rwanda on the creation of unique, exclusive natural processed microlots. This first started in Rwanda in  2016. We knew that some farmers and washing stations in Burundi were producing honey and natural processed lots but this didn't seem to be common in Rwanda. We proposed the idea to two of the co-operatives we were working with and both were keen to try some small experimental microlots. The first years tests were small, just 120kg of each trial process. Although the honey and washed experimental lots were very good, the ones that stood out were the thick and thin natural. The idea behind this was to vary the levels of fermentation and the influence that the drying process would have on the coffee. The thin layer natural is produced using ripe cherry that has been carefully hand sorted to remove defects and under ripe beans. The cherry is then laid out to dry on raised drying tables in a thin layer, no more than 2cm in depth. This means the coffee dries fairly quickly with low levels of fermentation. The thick layer natural (to be released later in the year) is dried using a thicker bed depth, this slows down the drying process and induces additional fermentation resulting in different flavours profile.

Liza is owned by coffee farmer Jean Paul. The washing station processes coffee from his farm in addition to coffee from several hundred local farms in the area. Coffee cherry is delivered daily during the harvest season from February to June and processed on the same day. They produce mainly washed coffee which is also available here. The thin natural microlot produced by Liza this year is a stunning coffee. It's bright, clean and very juicy but due to the thin layer there is very little fermentation and the typical flavours of Rwandan Red Bourbon shine through (ie orange and caramel). As a filter coffeeyou can expect notes of fruit liqueur, melon and blood orange. On espresso the taste profile changes a bit adding rich dark chocolate and accentuating the boozy liqueur notes. We absolutely love this coffee and I'm sure you will too!


This coffee works well with all filter brewers and espresso. For filter we recommend a 1 - 15.5 brew ratio, and for espresso a 1 - 2.2 brew ratio.

Example - Filter: 16g - 250ml // Espresso: 18g - 40g

Altitude: 1650+ masl
Farm/Coop: Liza Washing Station, Thin
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, Stove Top, Black, With milk
Origin: Rwanda, Africa
Region: Near To Cyangugu, South West Rwanda
Process Method: Natural (Dry)
Tasting Notes: Filter - blood orange, fruit liqueur, melon. espresso -fruit liqueur, dark chocolate, orange
Varietals: Red Bourbon

Roasting and delivery information

All our web orders are usually dispatched next working day after the order is placed. We send out all UK Mainland orders using a next day tracked courier service

We always aim to delivery your coffee to you within 8 days of roasting and coffee is packaged in sealed, foil bags for maximum freshness

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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.