Region: Rutsiro District
Producer: Mushonyi Washing Station – 1200 Small Holders
Roast: Espresso + Filter
ROASTER NOTES | A juicy cup, with notes of candied citrus and raspberry balancing a sweet toffee body.
After spending last month on the west side of Lake Kivu in D.R. Congo, this month we have a coffee from ‘across the pond’, on the east side of the same Lake in Rwanda. Mushonyi Washing Station started in 2013, and one year later the station won the Cup of Excellence for Rwanda. The processing systems in place here are producing some seriously good coffee.
Rwanda’s ideal climate conditions, along with rich volcanic soils, favour the slow maturation of the coffee cherry, leading to increased complexity in the cup. The mill receives coffee from around 1200 smallholder farmers in the area. The exporter RWACOF provides these farmers with training and resources in an effort to improve quality year on year.
Mushonyi Washing Station produces Washed, Natural and Honey processed lots. We’ve selected their Natural processed coffee, where the ripe cherries are picked, sorted, and then dried on raised beds. A team of around 150 people at the station are responsible for the careful monitoring of these cherries as they dry, moving the cherries regularly to ensure even drying to 12% moisture.