Rwanda Coffee Beans - Bwishaza Thick Natural
Rwanda Coffee Beans - Bwishaza Thick Natural Rwanda Coffee Beans - Bwishaza Thick Natural Rwanda Coffee Beans - Bwishaza Thick Natural
£9.75 GBP

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:

Red bourbon coffee cherry

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.

Rwanda Bwishaza Washing Station
Location: Near to Cyangugu, South West 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.

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 5 reviews
    Rwanda beans - outstanding

    Delicious, and many thanks to Gordon Laing of Cameralabs for making me aware of Horsham and these beans!

    Bwishaza Thick Natural-Brewed with the Hario V60

    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.

    Nice flavour

    Very nice flavour and with a steady kick. The description of flavour I felt were spot on. I found this coffee a pleasure.

    Very nice

    Really liked it! Very fruity and sour. I don’t like dark roast coffee so this was perfect for me.

    Who knew being a bit thick could be a good thing?

    I'll be honest, it was the 'thick' process description that caught my attention. And the results are stunning. Incredibly strong stewed fruit flavours, almost jammy but in no way muddy, with just enough of a fermented whiff to make it even more interesting. Brewed up extremely well in an Aeropress and I savoured every cup. So good that I rationed a 250g bag over two weeks. Will be going back for more.