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Rwanda Karongi Gitesi

Country of Origin: Rwanda
Rwanda Karongi Gitesi
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Rwanda continues to offer exceptional promise on the coffee frontier, further evidence of the long crawl back from the abyss of the horrific genocide which captured the world's attention.
The Karongi district in Western Rwanda, near the stunning Lake Kivu, is divided into 13 distinct sectors. Gitesi is one of those sectors and has
its own quasi-microclimate favorable to growing some of the country's best coffee. While the Gitesi washing station sits at 1740 meters, about 1800 nearby
smallholder farmers bring in their bourbon varietal cherries from the higher surrounding areas at 2000+ meters. One must call the Gitesi station a success
story: it started in 2005 and within a short few years time was producing Cup of Excellence-winning coffees. This particular lot is an amalgamation of several
"day lot" batches selected for their clean preparation and uniformity. Lovely richness in the medium-dark espresso roast profile, with hallmark Rwandan chocolate and
fruit basket notes, and in the lighter roast bursting with vibrant acidity and lemon zinger/Darjeeling tea, cinnamon toast. Both roast profiles are very sweet, a true
testament to the meticulous processing.
Rwanda continues to offer exceptional promise on the coffee frontier, further evidence of the long crawl back from the abyss of the horrific genocide which captured the world's attention in 1994. Rwanda possesses all the geographical hallmarks of the great coffee-producing African countries; stable climate, very high growing elevations, rich soil and able farmers. Bourbon varietal thrives here and Gitesi washing station in (formed in 2005), comprising the production of nearly1900 small farmers sources coffee cherry grown between 1700 and 2000 meters. Farmers are paid a substantial additional dividend at the end of each season based on performance. In 2012, Gitesi farmer Alexis Gahizi won 1st place in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence competition.

Like a fine, bright Kenya, this offering, presented in a lighter roast profile, has tremendous sweetness and fruity notes. Smells awesome and is like biting into a Mandarin orange creamsicle.
Rwanda continues to offer exceptional promise on the coffee frontier, further evidence of the long crawl back from the abyss of the horrific genocide which captured the world's attention.
Rwanda continues to offer exceptional promise on the coffee frontier, further evidence of the long crawl back from the abyss of the horrific genocide which captured the world's attention in 1994. Rwanda possesses all the geographical hallmarks of the great coffee-producing African countries; stable climate, very high growing elevations, rich soil and able farmers. Bourbon varietal thrives here and Gitesi washing station in (formed in 2005), comprising the production of nearly1900 small farmers sources coffee cherry grown between 1700 and 2000 meters. Farmers are paid a substantial additional dividend at the end of each season based on performance. In 2012, Gitesi farmer Alexis Gahizi won 1st place in the Rwanda Cup of Excellence competition.

Like a fine, bright Kenya, this offering, presented in a lighter roast profile, has tremendous sweetness and fruity notes. Smells awesome and is like biting into a Mandarin orange creamsicle.
Good SO espresso candidate but really shines in pourover.
 1 lb. bag $16.95 lb.


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"Sumatra Triple Pick Lintong There's a swamp mud jungle funk going on here. Aromatically, Doctor Livingston's cherries have fallen out of his knapsack and lie among the moldering leaves, next to a bog. An Irish peat bog. Lightly singed. In Sumatra. Go figure. That smoky peat-water thing carries to the body - ROBUST I believe is the word. Sweet, voluptuous presentation quickly yields to the gripping, chunky tannins wrapped in licorice that dominate the midpalate. Longgggg finish spiked with orange rind, cardamon,wood shavings, and leaf mould. This is potent stuff. Diane can't drink it. (She loved the Etheopian Mothership.) My inner orangutan, however, loves it. "
Jason, Dundee, OR
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