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Rwanda Coffee Beans - Gatare Washed

Size: 250g
Grind: Whole Bean

Rwanda - Gatare Washed

Varietal –  Red Bourbon
Preparation – Washed
Location – Nyamasheke district
Altitude – 1600+ masl
Importer - Falcon Coffees

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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

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.

This coffee is a temporary replacement for our regular coffees from Bwishaza and Liza washing stations.

Producer Overview:

Gatare washing station is one the oldest washing stations in the country and was established in 2003. They have a long-standing reputation having been among the first stations to process very high-quality coffee from smallholder farmers in the Nyamasheke district of the Western province. Although we haven't personally visited Gatare washing station we have spent a lot of time in this fantastic area of Rwanda. Nyamasheke has fantastic soil, high elevation and produces some of the best coffee in Rwanda.

Rwanda coffee cherry sorting
Hand sorting red bourbon coffee cherry

The washing station is surrounded by hills covered by coffee trees. Gatare has competed in the Cup Of Excellence competition many times, and always ended in the high winning lots. The station has a very large capacity, operating a 3
ton/hr McKinnon disc pulper, washing channels, dry fermentation tanks, and soaking tanks, and processed over 1000 tons of cherries this season. This means they are well equipped to support the local farming community.

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 soaked a second time before being moved to raised drying tables.

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 days processing is kept separate to create separated lots. 

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've 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 similar taste profile. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 211 reviews
Happy costumer

Great coffee👍

Karl Wade

A tasty, well balanced and great value coffee. Highly recommend a 1kg bag of this one!

Rwandan revelation

Another lovely, refreshing, complex, flavourful and satisfying Rwandan coffee from Liza. One of the most pleasant surprises on my recent coffee journey has been the discovery of Rwandan and Ethiopian coffees from Horsham coffee roasters. 17g/250ml aeropress.

David Mardling
Happy chappy

Delicious smooth can really taste the caramel and orange very fresh

mr s al-amin

Clean crisp espresso. No hint of 'heavyness'