Organic Rwanda Musasa , Mbilima
Organic Rwanda Musasa , Mbilima, Filter roast
We have been LITERALLY spoiled with the quality of our Rwandan coffees again this season. The combination of incredible preparation and the slow-growing bourbon make it a coffee drinkers (and roasters of course) perfect match.
Rwanda–Musasa Dukunde Kawa Mblima
Washing Station: Musasa Mblima
Varietal: 100% Red Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed & sun-dried on raised beds
Altitude: Washing Station 2020 meters above sea level
Farms 1,700 to 2,000 meters above sea level
Owner: Musasa Mblima – some 2,148 smallholder farmers
Coko Sector, Gakenke District of Northern Province
Avg.size of farms: .25 (1/4) hectares
Sugars, Sweet oranges, some stonefruit (think apricot) and a cocoa finish. It’s not Terry’s but it’s pretty close. This is such a delicious filter and sadly the end of Rwanda 2019 for us.
Filter recipe; We have taken to cupping a range of recipes for a great filter recipe. There is more complexity and juice going on with less coffee, in the 60-65g per litre range. As you increase your dose, you will get body and lose complexity.
- The flaws in the above are of course the unmentionable (94%) water.
- The quality of your grind
- …and the freshness of the coffee from harvest and roast.
Musasa Dukunde Kawa Mblima is the second of three mills, from Musasa, based in the rugged northwest of Rwanda.
Every coffee that is delivered to the mill by a grower has a ticket. That ticket is with the coffee all of the way through its processing.
At the mill (s) typically women will sort through the coffee and pick out greens (unripe cherries) before and after fermentation. Picking over and re-picking increases the cup potential every time.
This is a mind-blowing administrative task… however the detail has doubled farmers income in recent years, through you and us paying a sustainable price.
Some useful Kinyarwanda : Musasa means “Place to make a bed” and Dukunde Kawa means “Let’s love coffee!” as a term of empowerment and endurance.