Flavour Notes: Caramel, Citrus.
Roast: Medium+. Nice full body, deep sweet juicy fruity flavour.
Region: Lake Kivu
Processing Station: Rwamatamu
Altitude: 1600-2000 m.
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Rwamatamu Coffee is a family business owned and operated by Mukantwaza Laetitia and Rutaganda Gaston, who have been in the coffee sector for 13+ years. They founded Rwamatamu in 2015 aiming for a financial gain but also contribute to fight against poverty in rural communities through harvesting coffee. Rwamatamu Coffee has 20 hectares of coffee plantation from where it harvests its own cherries but also purchases cherries from affiliate co-operatives and local producer families and smallholder farmers. These cherries from different sources are separately collected, processed, sun-dried, sorted bagged and eventually exported as a premium product.
Rwamatamu work together with cooperatives of coffee farmers who live in the area. 80% of their employees are women. Their goal is to build healthy relationships with the community based on common values and goals. This is done by committing to a regular purchase of beans and investing in the growth of employees. They also commit to a set standard of quality each year.
Rwamatamu’s coffee farm and washing station are located in the Western province of Rwanda, where the landscape consists of picturesque rolling hills flanked around Lake Kivu in Nyamasheke District.
This region provides a tropical highland climate with an average temperature of 14 to 24 c and regular rainfall. This makes arabica coffee to flourish and result in a dense, hard bean with superior coffee flavour.
The farm is positioned on 1600 up to 2000 meters altitude, on a rich volcanoes soil. The harvest season is January to March.
Coffee from Rwamatamu is fully washed with spring water, sun dried and handpicked to a high standard. Currently they are in the process of gaining their organic and fair-trade certifications. They work to have a positive social and economic impact on farmer communities, focusing on women in particular.
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