Roasted - Rwanda Gatare


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About the bean

We haven't enjoyed the pleasure of an offering from Rwanda all year until now. Rwandan beans have gained traction in the last while as a more delicate, restrained version of a bold Kenyan and that's a fine fellow to find yourself in league with.

Our new Rwandan crop comes to us from Gatare, a washing station in the West of Rwanda, in the district of Nyamasheke, close to Rwanda's legendary Nyungwe Forest National Park - the largest remaining tract of montane rainforest in East and Central Africa and teeming with life: plants, butterflies, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals, including primates such as Rwanda's famous chimpanzees.

The discovery

We sampled this one as an American roast brewed in a French press. The bean's brightness was perfect at this roast profile, the body velvety with fresh herbal notes in combination with a decadent plum raisin, apricot and peach complexity followed by a sweet caramel finish. Welcome back, Rwanda! This bean makes a clean and balanced French press and a particularly good pour-over brew. Also, definitely one for those of you who enjoy a flavourful espresso shot.

Cupping notes

Region: Nyamasheke
Altitude: 1,500 - 1,750 masl.
Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Species: Arabica
Varieties: Bourbon
Harvest: March - June

Roast recommendation: American to medium-dark. A lighter roast accentuates this coffee's most enjoyable complexity. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here:

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