Gatare #664 - RWANDA
Another coffee to hit the shelves, a natural process coffee from Lake Kivu, Nyamasheke District, Southern Rwanda
Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee growing conditions that include high altitude, regular rainfall, volcanic soils with good organic structure, and an abundance of Bourbon.The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders of which there are thought to be around half a million with parcels of land often not much larger than just one hectare per family.Coffee is grown in most parts of the country, with particularly large concentrations along Lake Kivu and in the southern province.
Rwandan smallholders organize themselves into cooperatives and share the services of centralized wet-mills – or washing stations as they are known locally. Flowering takes place between September and October and the harvest runs from March to July, with shipments starting in August through December.
Gatare is one the oldest washing stations in the country, dating back in 2003. Gatare has a long reputation having been among the first stations to process very high-quality coffee for export.
Located in Nyamasheke district of the Western province, the station is surrounded by hills covered by coffee trees. Gatare has competed in the Cup of Excellence competition many times, and always ended in the high winning lots.
TASTING NOTES :
Dried prunes, Sweet & Herbaceous, Pineapple, Spicy
PRODUCER : Smallholders
REGION : Lake Kivu, Nyamasheke District, Southern Rwanda
PROCESS : Natural
ALTITUDE: 1800 masl
CULTIVAR: Red Bourbon