Rwanda Coffee Beans - Bwishaza Thick NaturalHorsham Coffee Roaster
Tasting notes: Blackcurrant, Berries, 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 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.
The co-operative produces two natural process microlots specifically for using a technique that we first proposed three years ago. This microlot is the 'thick layer' natural. This means that the coffee cherry was layed out to dry on the raised beds in a thin layer about 2 inches in depth show in the photo below:
The thick layer means the cherries dry fairly slowly increasing the fermentation and resulting in more intense fruit notes that include red grape and dried prunes. We are very pleased with the results and we pay a significant premium (2.5 times the Fairtrade price) to the co-operative for the extra work they put in to create this microlot.
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: Washed - Thick layer natural
Altitude: 1650 + masl
- We recommend buying whole bean coffee and grinding before brewing. We also sell 250g bags pre-ground. 1kg bags are available as wholebean only.
- Same working day dispatch on orders placed before 10am.
Really enjoyed this treat!! Love that it’s so ethical too!
Delicious, and many thanks to Gordon Laing of Cameralabs for making me aware of Horsham and these beans!
On brewing there is an intense aroma of dried stone fruit.
In the cup the coffee is smooth and dry with a strong bitter orange note.
An excellent coffee that works really well as a filter brew.
Very nice flavour and with a steady kick. The description of flavour I felt were spot on. I found this coffee a pleasure.
Really liked it! Very fruity and sour. I don’t like dark roast coffee so this was perfect for me.