Rwanda Nyamasheke Kanyege Station

Cane juice sweetness anchors the cup, lemon grass tea, citric acidity, cinnamon and all-spice finish. Robust spiced chocolate when roasted dark. City to Full City. Prime espresso option.


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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Bourbon Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Nyamasheke, Western Province
Processing Wet Process
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-dried
Arrival date December 2018 Arrival
Lot size 75
Bag size 60 KG
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Bourbon
Grade A1
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 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 Kanyege washing station site. At 1870 meters above sea level, Kanyege rests in the hills just above the Kanzu site, and the coffee they are processing comes from farms as high as 2000 meters. Farmers in this region are growing older Bourbon cultivars, and while Kanyege produces mostly wet process, they also produce a small amount of dry process coffee too (we've carried it in the past). They are floating cherry and sorting by hand in order to remove the majority of underripe coffee, then employing more hand labor to sort out any potential defects after the coffee is washed. The extra care put into green coffee preparation is apparent when you see the coffee green and roasted, with very few inconsistencies physically or in the cup.

The dry fragrance has a nice delicate side articulated as caramelizing sugars and cinnamon powder, and recalls the potent smell of creme brûlée crust. City+ roasts have such a sweet aroma, brown caramelizing sugar sweetness emanates in the steam coming off the wetted coffee, accented by a mild raisin note. Cane sugar juice sweetness anchors the coffee at City+ and offers a brew that is balanced and nuanced as it cools. Kanyege has some herbal character that along with citric acidity comes off like lemon grass tea, and finishing top notes include cinnamon and all-spice powder. Full City roasts have robust chocolate roast tones infused with ribbons of darker fruit characteristics. Kanyege is a prime espresso option as well, Full City shots yielding tart orange rind at the lead that quickly moves into flavors of semi-sweet chocolate chips with a dusting of baking spice hanging on in the aftertaste.