Rwanda 15+ Gisanga Anaerobic Natural (2022)

Cola, guava, prune. Fruity and full with a medium-light funk.
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
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Lot Number P8001613-1
  • 8 Bag(s)
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About This Coffee

This natural processed lot comes from Gisanga coffee washing station and includes an extended 'anaerobic' cherry fermentation up to 96 hours. Gisanga is situated in Ruhango district and processes cherries from 925 local smallholder farmers.

Origin Rwanda
Subregion Ruhango
Harvest Season 2021/22
Producer Type Single Estate
Wet Mill Gisanga
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Bourbon
Coffee Grade RWA CA NAT SPL SD
Screen Size 15 Up
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG

The Region

Gisanga is one of the best coffee-growing regions of Rwanda’s central plateau. The region variees from 1,650-1,850m above sea level with volcanic, sandy clay soils and cool temperatures. 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

The natural process for this lot in augmented to include an extended cherry fermentation in sealed tanks (a low oxygen environment.) After fermentation for 72 hours, the cherries are dried slowly on raised African beds for 6 weeks.

History of Coffee in Rwanda

The commercialization of coffee came about gradually in Rwanda and coffee was always produced on smallholder farms. Independence brought some improvement to the coffee infrastructure as the government established more modern and centralizing processing. But this meant the government set the price they would pay for coffee and farmers had no other options. There was no focus on quality because there was no incentive whatsoever. Despite much of the coffee being Bourbon, there was no sorting or grading so all the coffee was commercial grade. Rwanda exported 642,000 bags of coffee in 1993 and 447,000 in 1994. Then, as something of a stark reminder of the genocide, Rwanda exported a mere 22,000 bags in 1995. Today, Rwanda exports only 43% of what it did in 1993, but current exports represent much greater value because for the last 20 years the focus has been on quality rather than quantity. Rwanda’s ideal growing conditions are no longer wasted on poor processing. New washing stations have opened in all coffee growing regions, innovative cupping labs that arrive built into shipping containers, and cooperatives have been established. For the last 10 years, Rwandan specialty coffees consistently rank among the finest in the world.

  • Subregion Ruhango
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Wet Mill Gisanga
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Bourbon
  • Screen Size 15 Up
  • On Sale Yes
  • Top Lot No
  • Price Per Kg £7.95
  • Status Spot
  • Coffee Grade RWA CA NAT SPL SD
  • CTRM Contract Number P8001613-1
  • Origin Rwanda
  • Warehouse Vollers Group Uk