Rwanda Rwamatamu Filter Roast
As you may know, JGC has a huge amount of love for Rwandan coffee. From the varietal, the acidity and vibrance in the cup. This year we are trying something different. This is for both parts of our coffee brains. Firstly, the best coffee that I have had from Rwanda was also from Western Nyamashake near Lake Kivu. Was this a one-off? In the last years, buying coffee from Africa has become very difficult for small companies, like JGC to connect with producers in a meaningful way due to scale. This is due to how systems work and many micro producers’ coffees are lost amongst the crowds. Our dream is not to buy multiple containers of each mill that we have coffee from. So, as opposed to buying coffee from a farm, we have to be part of buying coffee from a mill. We choose the lot(s) that we like and that is the best that we can do, short of a nice break in Rwanda or Burundi, to go and shake a few hands and take some pictures…
There is a little bit more here
Region: Western Nyamashake
Processing Station: Rwamatamu
Process: Fully washed
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1800 – 2000 m.a.s.l
Cup Potential 🥣
|Aromatics: Chocolate, orange, ale| Body: Light | Acidity: Orange, Lime|
On opening 👊🏼Bam! Orange and lime awaken the senses. With almost immediate effect the citrus softens and soft white sugars enter the mix. Now I think about it, I don’t remember a coffee tasting more like “coffee-orange squash!” As soon as the idea formed, the coffee changed again. Soft frontend citrus, brown sugars, and a lime-zest finish. From here on, the coffee just softens and sweetens. A touch of stonefruit on cooling with lime that lingers.
Rwamatamu is a farm and a mill. Initially, both were launched in 2015 aiming for financial gain but also contributing to the fight against poverty in rural communities through harvesting coffee. The farm at Rwamatamu has 20 hectares of coffee production, and the other coffee that they mill and export are from local cooperatives and small producers too. 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.
Best brew? I have really enjoyed this coffee a week from roast in a Fellow Stag Pour Over, this gave me the best of both worlds, based on 60-65g per litre.
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