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Rwanda - Liza Washed

Tasting Notes: Orange | Caramel | Black Tea

Size: 250g
Grind: Whole Bean

Rwanda - Liza Washed

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Varietal –  Red Bourbon
Preparation – Washed
Altitude – 1600+ masl

Our coffees from Rwanda are directly traded with producers and we are able to offer full transparency and detailed information on these coffees. For more information on how we source coffees take a look at our Transparency Report

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 cooperative in 2017 and have been buying coffee from them every year since our first visit.

Rwanda coffee at Liza washing station

Producer Overview:

Liza washing station is owned by Jean Paul (far left in the above 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 micro-lots specifically for us, these include washed coffees and bespoke experimental process coffees.  

Harvesting and Processing:

Coffee is delivered daily during the harvest period (February to June) by small hold farmers. Usually, they deliver anything between 10 and 100kg depending on the size of their farm.

After delivery, coffee is floated in water. Defects tend to float and the good quality cherry will sink. After flotation coffee is pulped to remove the fruit and then fermented dry in tanks for about 12 hrs

After fermentation, the coffee is washed to remove mucilage and then moved to dry in the shade.

Drying takes place in two stages. The first stage is done undercover to allow hand sorting to take place and gentle drying to avoid parchment cracking. After 48hrs of shade drying the coffee is moved to raised tables to dry in the sun until reaching 12% moisture. Each day's processing is kept separate to create separate lots. 

Rwanda liza coffee washing station

After the coffee has dried it is stored in a cool stored room and samples are sent away to be roasted, cupped and graded in Rwanda and also sent to us to be sampled. Once we've selected the lots we'd like to purchase the coffee will be dry-milled. This process involves removing the parchment layer and further sorting to remove defects.

Tasting Notes: 

Orange, Caramel, Black Tea.  A lovely well-balanced coffee that is great as espresso and filter and works well with and without milk.


This coffee works well for all brew methods. 

Filter: Dose 15g, water 250g. 

Espresso: Dose 18 gram to 40 gram yield over about 30 seconds. 

This coffee is available as whole bean and pre-ground but we recommend always grinding fresh before brewing. We sell a range of grinders if you would like to grind this coffee fresh at home. 

Subscription Terms and conditions:

  • The subscription charge will be collected at the period of time specified when ordering (ie every 1,2,3 or 4 weeks)
  • Your subscription can be cancelled after the first 3 orders.
  • Co-operative or producer is subject to change and will always be a washed coffee from Rwanda with a similar taste profile. 
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Customer Reviews

Based on 224 reviews
Pieter Potgieter

I'll be back for more.

Gary Harwood
Top taste

I try many different coffees but still come back to this as my favourite


My fave

Lovely cup

Great taste. Balanced flavour and lot going on in the taste but not as crazy a price as some.

Tasty coffee

Arrived promptly and tastes very good, roasted to a good level.