Rwanda - Liza NaturalHorsham Coffee Roaster
Tasting Notes: Grape, Cherry, Raisin and Orange
Brewing: This coffee works well with all filter brewers and espresso. For filter we recommend a 1 - 16 brew ratio, and for espresso a 1 - 2.5 brew ratio.
We first visited Rwanda in 2014 and over the last few years we've developed some very close relationships within the Rwandan coffee community. In 2018 we visited Liza washing station for the first time after discovering their coffee during the 2017 harvest cupping.
The 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 microlots specifically for us, these include washed coffees and bespoke experimental process coffees.
We are committed to supporting them with an open and transparent working relationship and ensuring that they are paid a fair price. This fixed price model ensures that farmers are paid a fair price year on year for the great quality coffee that they produce. This is usually between 1.5 and 2 times the fairtrade price depending on the specific microlot.
Coffee is hand harvested by small hold farmer members and then sorted carefully to remove defects before it is laid to dry on raised tables. These raised tables ensure even drying of the coffee to avoid mold growth. The layer of coffee is usually no more than 1 inch thick and is moved regularly to make sure that the coffee dries evenly. During the early stage of drying the coffee can be hand sorted to ensure defects are removed.We are very happy with the results this year and this coffee is well rounded and juicy with a thick, syrupy body. We get notes of red grape, cherry and raisin. There is still a nice bright juicy orange note that is very typical in Rwandan coffees.
Varietal– Red Bourbon
Preparation – Natural
Location – Near to Kamembe, South West Rwanda
Altitude – 1500+ masl
I'm working my way through this roasters offerings. For me the Liza Natural is the best one yet, actually I think it may be one of the best coffee's I've ever had. The Rwanda Bwishaza is great, but the Liza is something special.
Placed my first order recently and very pleased with the results. Coffee good flavour and value. Only niggle was the packaging; the material is very good, keeps the coffee fresh, the press seal closure is also better than I’ve had from other suppliers (it stays shut!) but it only opens part way across the width of the pack. This makes it quite tight getting the coffee in and out with the inevitable result that some often gets spilt. Will be placing another order to today so will need to practice a bit more with that procedure!!
Ordered it has ground coffee for moka pot but I think it came a bit too fine. Other than that lovely flavours!