Rwanda - Liza Thick NaturalHorsham Coffee Roaster
Tasting notes: Filter - Fruit Liqueur, Strawberry, Orange, Caramel. Espresso - Fruit Liqueur, Strawberry, Dark Chocolate, Orange
Brewing: This coffee works well with all filter brewers and espresso. For filter we recommend a 1 - 15.5 brew ratio, and for espresso a 1 - 2.2 brew ratio.
Filter: 16g - 250ml // Espresso: 18g - 40g
For every kilo of Rwandan coffee sold we will ensure a tree is planted in the Gishwati-Mukura forest in Rwanda. For more information visit our OneTreePlanted page.
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 Liza washing station in May 2018 and have been buying coffee from them for two years.
For several years we have been working with producers in Rwanda on the creation of unique, exclusive natural processed microlots. This first started in Rwanda in 2016. We knew that some farmers and washing stations in Burundi were producing honey and natural processed lots but this didn't seem to be common in Rwanda. We proposed the idea to two of the co-operatives we were working with and both were keen to try some small experimental microlots. The first years tests were small, just 120kg of each trial process. Although the honey and washed experimental lots were very good, the ones that stood out were the thick and thin natural. The idea behind this was to vary the levels of fermentation and the influence that the drying process would have on the coffee. The thick layer natural is produced using ripe cherry that has been carefully hand sorted to remove defects and under ripe beans. The cherry is then laid out to dry on raised drying tables in a layer about 3-4cm deep. This means the cherry takes longer to dry than it did with our previous thin natural. The slower drying time induces a bit more fermentation and rich, deeper fruit notes.
Thick layer of coffee cherry
Liza is owned by coffee farmer Jean Paul. The washing station processes coffee from his farm in addition to coffee from several hundred local farms in the area. Coffee cherry is delivered daily during the harvest season from February to June and processed on the same day. They produce mainly washed coffee which is also available here. The thick natural microlot produced by Liza this year is a stunning coffee. It's bright, clean and very juicy but with a rich body and juicy fruit notes. As a filter coffee you can expect notes of fruit liqueur, strawberry, orange and caramel.. On espresso the taste profile changes a bit adding rich dark chocolate and accentuating the boozy liqueur and juicy fruit notes. We absolutely love this coffee and I'm sure you will too!
In 2017 we funded a school repair project in the Rwanda Gishyita community. This year we are working on projects with a school local to Bwishaza and Liza washing stations. More information will be available soon and we are committed to working on long term projects in Rwanda.
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Processing: Natural - Dried in a layer of 3-4cm
Altitude: 1650 + masl
- We recommending buying whole bean coffee and grinding before brewing. We also sell 250g bags pre-ground. 1kg bags are available as wholebean only.
- Next working day dispatch on all coffee orders.
I enjoy the bitterness oddly. It has a nice full bodied flavour and the roast is excellent. Great quality from Horsham. I would highly recommend
"But what about the coffee" you say, what's that like? I'm a Kenya Peaberry fan and I particularly like rhubarb as a flavour note. Neither of which apply to this coffee, but then I didn't expect them to, I merely mention this so you understand when I say that this coffee was "OK". Perfectly drinkable, but nothing to write home about.