Rwanda FW 15+ Mahembe

Lemonade, vanilla, sweet caramel, malt loaf
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
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Lot Number P8001603-1
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About This Coffee

Mahembe Coffee Washing station in Nyamasheke district is privately owned by Justin Musabyiama. The site includes his own farm and also processes cherries from 707 local farmers. Justin grew up in the local area and after moving away for some time decided to come back home and invest in the community he was from by building a wetmill on his father’s coffee farm. Most of the cherries delievered to Mahembe are from the Nyungwe Forest belt.

Origin Rwanda
Subregion Nyamasheke
Harvest Season 2021/22
Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
Wet Mill Mahembe
Processing Washed
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon
Coffee Grade RWA CA FW SC 15+
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG

The Region

Nyamasheke district is located in Rwanda's western sector along the eastern bank of Lake Kivu which separates Rwanda from D.R. Congo. Like much of Rwanda - “the land of a thousand hills” - the terrain is mountainous, rugged and exceptionally beautiful. Rich volcanic soils, plentiful sunshine, and tropical rainfall provide exceptional conditions for the cultivation of arabica, and the Bourbon variety particularly excels in the high elevations of Rwanda’s mountains.

The Process

This lot is fully washed, whereby ripe cherries are harvested by hand, then floated and hand sorted to select the highest quality for processing. These cherries are then mechanically de-pulped and fermented for 12-18 hours (typically overnight) to break down the remaining mucilage. After fermentation, the wet parchment is washed by high pressured water and grading is done throughout long channels to separate coffee by density. 

Next, the beans are dried on so-called raised African beds for 14-21 days depending on the climatic conditions. The parchment coffee is hand picked and turned throughout to remove defects and ensure consistent drying process, as well as covered at night or during rain to protect against moisture damage. A dedicated quality controller tests the relative humidity daily until an optimum content of 12% is reached, after which the coffee is rested in parchment pending secondary processing prior to export.

  • Subregion Nyamasheke
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Wet Mill Mahembe
  • Processing Washed
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Screen Size 15 Up
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  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £7.50
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade RWA CA FW SC 15+
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001603-1
  • Origin Rwanda
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk