Rwanda Kivu Kanzu Lot 9

Rwanda Kivu Kanzu Lot 9

Farm Description

Kanzu is coffee processing station located in the highlands of the Nyamasheke district in Rwanda. This is one example where the beauty of the area seems to correlate to the beauty of the coffee itself. Kanzu is tucked away in a valley near the Nyungwe Forest Preserve. The coffee comes from small-holder farms at altitudes of 1900-2100 meters, which works well for the Bourbon variety coffee they harvest here. Coffee cherry is brought down to this station from hundreds of small farmers situated above the valley floor, or they bring the fruit to collection points Kanzu has set up in a nearby radius. Depulping of the coffee cherry is achieved using a 3-disc Kenya type machine. The coffee is then fermented for 24-48 hours depending on weather (cold snaps slow down the fermentation process). Kanzu has long channels to remove the mucilage from the coffee and grade density, but they also break up the fruit layer by dancing around in the concrete tanks before washing the coffee: It's a great sight, akin to the mythic stomping of the grapes. After soaking for 12 hours, the coffee is laid out to dry on raised beds for air- and sun-drying.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

This is our second and final Kanzu arrival of the harvest season. It was the 9th process batch from the mill, and now well rested, offers a complex array of fruit and tea notes in the cup. The dry fragrance of City roasts has the sweetness of minimally-processed sugars, and accents of clove spice and golden raisin. Pouring hot water brings up an attractive mix of caramel malt, black currant herbal tea, and an array of baking spices. Brewing up a batch, I taste muscovado sugars in my City - City+ roast when the cup is hot, along with tea notes and a sort of nondescript berry fruit flavor. Once the coffee cools a bit an orange-like acidity is apparent, and fruited accents come off like Bartlett pear, dried peach, and a spiced orange marmalade note, along with a perfumed note of clove syrup. At darker FC levels, there is more bittersweet tang to the cup, with flavor hints of dark stone fruit, and a tannic black tea aspect in the finish. Kanzu is a complex coffee with loads to offer folks looking for light and bright, to the flavorful mix of dark fruit and cocoa that comes with more robust roast development.

December 2017 Arrival



Lot Size

45 x 60 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City


Wet Process



Grade & Appearance

A1; .4 d/300gr, 15+ Screen


Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Available in 50 pound GrainPro packages for $231.50 ($4.63/pound) and in 100 pound GrainPro packages for $448.00 ($4.48/pound). Note that 100 pound bags must ship freight. Also available as a 300g sample.
Sampling FAQs

Something not often, but they use a wine-like foot-stomping process to agitate coffee in fermentation.

A traditional Kenya-type 3 disc pulper at Kanzu

A game of patty cake in the washing channels while mixing the fermented coffee with their feet, Kanzu

Ripe cherry in the hilldside surrounding Kanzu washing station

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