Single Origin Coffee:
Our coffees are roasted weekly and fulfilled after roasting to ensure optimal freshness and flavour. Cut-off for all orders is at 9am on Tuesday mornings. Orders completed after this time will be shipped the following week.
- PRODUCER: Alexis & Aime Gahizi
- REGION: Gitesi, Karongi
- ORIGIN: Rwanda
- ALTITUDE: 1,750-1,800m
- VARIETIES: Red Bourbon
- HARVEST: 2019
- PROCESS: Washed
- FLAVOURS: Peach, lemon, black tea
Gitesi is a private washing station owned and run by a father and son team, Alexis and Aime Gahizi. The washing station was built in 2005 and began processing coffee in 2006. It is located in the Gitesi sector in the Western Province of Rwanda. In the early years they were struggling to keep the washing station operating, and they have fought hard to make it a profitable business. Finally in 2010, they managed to turn a profit and have since built a sustainable company.
The climate through most of the season in Rwanda is relatively cool, which assists in controlling the fermentation process. A Penagos 800 Eco Pulper removes the skin, pulp and 70% of the mucilage. The coffee is then dry fermented for 10-12 hours. After this the parchment is graded and washed in channels, it is separated into two grades based on density before being soaked under clean water in tanks for 16 hours.
The parchment is initially taken to pre-drying tables, which are under shade, and where, while the parchment is still wet, a lot of hand sorting is done as it is much easier to see defects at this point. The parchment is dried on African drying beds for up to 15 days, during which time the parchment is covered by shade net during the hottest hours of the day, at night, and anytime it rains.
We're fortunate to be able to purchase this single-farm selection (instead of a blend of the various producers) from Alexis and Aime, who kept a lot of coffee separate for us.
You'll find this to be an intense and well-structured washed coffee, with notes of peaches, sweet stone fruit, honey, lemon, and black tea. Sweetness and juicy acidity balance each other delightfully in the cup. Please enjoy!