Rwanda Nyamasheke Cyato

Cyato shows deep caramelizing sugar sweetness with lovely citrus-like brightness, and top notes of Mandarin orange, slippery elm tea, raisin, and a brown sugary sweet finishing note. City to Full City. Good for espresso.

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Africa
Processing Wet Process
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-dried
Arrival date November 2018 Arrival
Lot size 53
Bag size 60 KG
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon
Grade A1
Appearance .4 d/300 gr, 15-17 Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City
Type Farm Gate
Recommended for Espresso Yes

Tucked away in the Nyamasheke region of Rwanda's Western Province is the Cyato washing station site. This is one of two washing stations managed by the Fidele family, the first of the two producing naturals and started by the father, and Cyato managed mainly by son Leo. Cyato is set up with a Penagos 800, and they are producing mainly fully washed coffee. The station is much farther than some of the others we buy from in Nyamasheke, and on the edge of the Forest of Nyungwe. Cyato sits at roughly 1850 meters above sea level, and the local coffee farmers have coffee planted well above 1900 meters, growing older Bourbon cultivars. Coffee is wet processed, hand picked, and dried at Cyato proper, but then moved to a house nearby where they store the dry parchment to rest before preparing for exportation. A newer venture for the Fidele's, they hope to reinvest in their wet mill for the upcoming season in order increase the mill capacity and produce a higher volume of exportable specialty in return.

Cyato showed deep caramelizing sugar sweetness across the range of roasts we performed. Light roasting brings about smells of cane juice, and a soft cinnamon spice note. In the wet aroma I get an underlying caramel/nougat sweetness, that has a creaminess to it that reminds me of torrone, and coffee flavored hard candy. Once the cup cools enough to drink it, a lovely citrus-like brightness is apparent from the get go, like Mandarin orange, and compliments pervasive yet simple raw sugar sweetness. A slippery elm tea note comes through as the cup cools, along with an understated dried raisin note, and the finishing flavors are centered around toasted sugar/caramelizing sweetness. Cyato is a great espresso option as well, chocolate roast tones easily expounded with darker shades of roast development (in fact, one of our clients won the title of "Americas Best Espresso" at last year's Coffee Fest with Cyato!). Full City shots are incredibly bittersweet, and with lovely lemon and spice highlights.