Amount: 12oz. (About 30 cups)
Process: Natural, Hand-Processed
Altitude: 1,200 - 1,800m
Drying Method: Sun-dried on raised beds
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping: Lemon, orange blossom, citrus
Flavor Profile: Citrus
Kigali coffee offers a silky, creamy body along with the floral notes of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee and the acidity of a Kenya coffee. The aroma may provide hints of lemon and orange blossom with floral notes complementing the sweet citrus qualities with hints of caramel in the aftertaste.
The sweet flavors of a good Rwandan Bourbon coffee are suggestive of caramelized cane sugar along with spice notes of clove, cinnamon and allspice and rose floral aromas. The buttery creaminess of the body carries into the aftertaste.
Kigali has characteristics somewhat similar to other East African coffees such as Zimbabwe and Kenya.
Roast Profile: Medium
Kigali prefers a medium roast as this allow its delicate qualities to shine and enhance the coffee's bright acidity. We recommend a medium roast versus a dark roast as we find darker roasts reduce the floral and fruity notes of coffee beans. It takes years of practice to strike the correct roasting balance, and our customers tell us all that we need to hear!
Type: Whole Bean
The advantage of buying whole bean coffee is that the flavor is much stronger, and the subtle tastes of your specific type of bean are more noticeable. You will get that "fresh" quality everyone looks for in a delicious cup of coffee.
Region: Kigali, Rwanda
Most of the coffee in Rwanda is grown at elevations ranging from 1,200 to 1,800 meters above sea level. The Rwanda coffee plants flower in September in October and the coffee cherry are harvested and green coffees processed from March to July.
Rwanda’s wholesale coffee market has been plagued in the past by tumultuous political events, war and genocide causing many deaths. The future of Rwanda’s coffee market depends upon the political stability of the region.
Investments into infrastructure in Rwanda has led to coffee processing stations being set up in the country, reducing time from harvest to processing and increasing the quality of coffees from Rwanda.
Virtually all of Rwanda’s coffee is grown in the country’s central region near Kigali (the capital) and in western Rwanda, while the eastern region of the country is largely reserved as a national park where no coffee growing occurs. The exception to this is the beautiful lake Kivu, where the gorgeous scenario is matched only by the quality of coffee put out.
You should store coffee beans at room temperature before brewing. To get the best results, store your beans in a dry, airtight container. When choosing a container and location for your favorite blend, it is essential to avoid air, moisture, heat, and light.
New research has established that drinking coffee can activate the body's fat-fighting defenses. This new research is a discovery that could have potentially significant implications in the battle against obesity and diabetes. According to researchers at the University of Nottingham, coffee may help stimulate our brown fat reserves, also known as brown adipose tissue, which plays a key role in how quickly we can burn calories.
We source our whole green coffee beans from farms across Africa that pay well above market value, which helps ensure ethically sustainable farming practices.
Our coffee is hand-picked, hand-washed, and then dried on raised beds as this allows the time necessary for the floral, sweet, and fruity notes to take hold.