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Casa Espresso - Rwanda Kabuye

£8.95

Origin: Rwanda


Region: Rulindo, Rusiga & Mbogo


Variety: Bourbon


Altitude: 1850-2100 masl


Preparation: Washed


Burdock, Orange, Pink Grapefruit

 

The Coffee
The Kabuye lot is a separation from amongst the 633 farmers that are currently using the Kinini washing station, chosen from trees at altitudes of 1800 – 2100 masl on south facing slopes. The coffee is grown on terroir that is provably excellent for producing coffee, with neighbouring areas producing Cup of Excellence winning lots already.

Classic root-beer undertones and burdock with orange, pink grapefruit and caramel.
A journey which starts with setting up a charity and continues with producing fantastic coffee.

 

Location & Farmer

Coffee is picked and brought to the Kinini washing station (newly built in May 2016) where it is separated from the other lots to be treated depulped using a four disc McKinnon pulper and fermented from between 5 to 20 hours, depending on the decision of the quality manager monitoring the fermentation. The coffee is then sun dried for an average of 15 days, depending on the intensity of the sun.


In 2012, 38 of the 252 hectares were planted with Bourbon Mayaguez 139 seedlings, 2,000-2,500 in each hectare. This totalled nearly half a million new trees, that are now cropping. The cultivar itself most likely originated from the island of Reunion (The same place as where the original Bourbon mutation was first noted), together with Jackson that is also widely found in Rwanda, and a bourbon mutation. The third commonly found cultivar, Bourbon Mayaguez 71, could have come from Ethiopia, introduced via the Congo.


Introducing Kinini Coffee, a company started by Malcolm Clear and Jaqueline Turner, they first set up the charity A New Beginning in Rwanda in 2008 and started growing coffee in 2012.


A New Beginning was set up to help a group of widows and orphans displaced during the genocide in 1994, who were resettled in an area of uncultivated savannah. The charity set up a school and a health post which has fully trained staff and is self-sufficient. Their work is still ongoing and they are raising another £24k to build three more classrooms for the ever growing school.


R & B Import Export Kinini Coffee

In 2012 they started R & B Import Export to partner with farmers in the Northern Province of Rwanda with the aim to improve the lifestyle and well-being of the local community. They partnered with 633 local farmers and the Local Government to grow coffee in 252 hectares of prime consolidated coffee growing land in Rusiga and Mbogo Sectors, Rulindo District, Northern Province. The coffee cherries grown will then be transported to the washing station.

The land is ideal for coffee growing, which soil samples have proven and the first lot of batch coffee Casa Espresso tasted here at DRWakefield was excellent.

 

Casa Espresso - Rwanda Kabuye

£8.95