Single Estate Coffee - RWANDA, Kilimbi, Nyamasheke
Producer: Muraho Trading Co.
Growing altitude: 1650-1850m above sea level.
Botanical variety: Bourbon.
Tasting notes: Molasses, raspberry, blackberry, cherry, rooibos flavours.
Roast date: 24 November, 2022
The journey to Kilimbi coffee washing station (CWS) from the capital city Kigali is one of the most scenic and beautiful drives to any coffee washing stations in Rwanda.
Nyamasheke District is graced with thousands of green lush forests, trade mark Rwandan rolling hills, villages, coffee trees and so much more. Just when you think it cannot get any more majestic you're greeted by the iconic Lake Kivu, the biggest lake in Rwanda overseeing the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
On the shores of Lake Kivu sits Kilimbi Coffee Washing Station. Kilimbi is the birthplace of Muraho Trading Company our partner exporter in Rwanda. This was the first CWS they built in March 2016. Kilimbi along with Gisheke are the only stations that get some coffee cherries delivered by boat from our farmers through Lake Kivu.
In its short existence, Kilimbi has set a benchmark in the Rwanda specialty coffee industry. Kilimbi is the first CWS in Rwanda to successfully produce black and red honey processed coffee.
Bourbon variety plants comprise 95% of all coffee trees cultivated in Rwanda. This coffee variety has always delivered big in sweetness and body structure, and with this lot it's no exception. The anaerobic processing also allows a very balanced yet fruit forward coffee.
Today, smallholders propel the industry in Rwanda forward. The country doesn’t have any large estates. Most coffee is grown by the 400,000+ smallholders, who own less than a quarter of a hectare.
Our relationship with Muraho, and their family of producers, allow us the ability to support his cottage industry and we inturn showcase some of Rwanda's best coffee.