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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 Bwishaza co-operative in 2015 and have been buying coffee from them every year. Bwishaza co-operative is located north of Kibuye close to lake Kivu. You can view the exact location via the link to google maps. The co-operative traditionally focused on producing speciality washed coffees in lot sizes of 50 x 60kg bags. We still buy these larger lots as the cups scores are often very good and their best lots score around the 86 mark. In 2015 we asked the board members if they would be interested in producing some smaller experimental lots to include naturals and washed lots. 
During the 2020 harvest we asked the co-operative if they would be able to produce a range of natural processed day lots and they were more than happy to do this for us. 

We also work directly with Liza washing station in the south west of Rwanda. They too produce mainly washed coffees but also a range of natural processed coffee specifically for us.

You will either receive a bag with Bwishaza Natural or Liza Natural on the front label. Please refer to the information below:

Liza Natural

Varietal –  Red Bourbon
Preparation – Natural - Harvested 24th June, 2020
Location – Near to Kamembe, South West Rwanda
Altitude – 1600+ masl
Importer - Horsham Coffee Roaster

Harvesting and Processing:

Liza washing station is owned by Jean Paul (far left in the below picture). He is a second generation coffee farmer who has worked for many years as an agronomy consultant both in Rwanda and the Congo. His farm has about 6000 trees and he processes coffee from his own farm and from several hundred local small hold farmers within the community. The quality he produces is outstanding and this is due to his dedication and commitment to training local farmers and focusing on very careful hand sorting at the washing station. Jean Paul produces a variety of different microlots specifically for us, these include washed coffees and bespoke experimental process coffees.  

Rwanda Liza washing station

This lot was produced by drying coffee from a single days harvest on raised tables. The coffee was very carefully hand sorted and turned regularly to achieve a clean, juicy natural processed coffee that showcased the orange and caramel notes that we soft often find in red bourbon coffees from Rwanda. 

Once dried the coffee it is transported to the dry mill for processing to remove the cherry and parchment and prepare the coffee for export. This project is aimed at producing fantastic natural processed day lots and the co-operative was paid 2.5x the Fairtrade based price for the production of this fantastic coffee. You can read more about our direct trade projects on our Transparency Report page. 

Tasting Notes:

This is a great example of a bright, clean and juicy natural processed coffee. The drying has been carefully controlled to minimize over-fermentation and to retain the natural character of Red Bourbon grown in Rwanda. We find this coffee has wonderful notes of orange, brown sugar, red berries and raisin. 

Bwishaza Natural

Varietal –  Red Bourbon
Preparation – Natural - Harvested 25th June, 2020
Location – North of Kibuye
Altitude – 1600+ masl
Importer - Horsham Coffee Roaster

Harvesting and Processing:

Bwishaza washing station is co-operative owned works with around 500 small hold farmers. Most of these producers have just a few hundred trees and will harvest coffee every few days during the season which runs from March to June. This natural processed coffee was produced from a single day of cherry delivery which arrived at the co-operative on the 25th of June 2020. After delivery the coffee was carefully sorted to ensure only ripe cherry made it through to the drying stage. The coffee was then laid out to dry on raised tables and turned regularly to avoid any over-fermentation. 

Rwanda Bwishaza natural

Once the coffee it is transported to the dry mill for processing to remove the cherry and parchment and prepare the coffee for export. This project is aimed at producing fantastic natural processed day lots and the co-operative was paid 2.5x the Fairtrade based price for the production of this fantastic coffee. You can read more about our direct trade projects on our Transparency Report page. 

Rwanda natural processed coffee

Tasting Notes:

This is a great example of a bright, clean and juicy natural processed coffee. The drying has been carefully controlled to minimize over-fermentation and to retain the natural character of Red Bourbon grown in Rwanda. We find this coffee has wonderful notes of orange, brown sugar, red berries and raisin. 

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We’re not easily pleased - honest!

This is our new favourite. We were disappointed that our usual Kenyan coffee was not available, but true to form Horsham never disappoints. This has a slightly fuller depth and richness to the flavour and makes a perfect cup every time. We’re on our 2nd kilo now!

Makes my mornings that much better

I upgraded from a cheap blade grinder to this and the difference is night and day. Consistency is key when it comes to good coffee and until I got this I was making a completely different cup each morning. Now I really feel like I have control over my grind size and my coffee quality has improved massively.

Easy to use, easy to clean, well priced compared to others on the market, what's not to love?

Best so far

This is absolutely delicious , best coffee so far

Class grinder

I recently was looking for an electric grinder that would not be over expensive but better than the cheaper end models so after lots of reviews I managed to settle on the wilfa . I also watched a James Hoffmann YouTube video of this grinder and liked what he had to say . Now I’ve been using it a few weeks it’s superb and quite quiet and very quick at grinding 14g of beans in no time at all . Overall I expect it to last a long time as it’s well built and easy to clean

Great coffee!!

If you haven’t tried this coffee and you are an espresso fan then do yourself a favour and give it a try.