The Western Province is one of Rwanda’s five provinces created in the early 2000’s after a restructuring of governmental structures. It is know for its mountainous terrains and hosts one of the great African lakes, Lake Kivu.
This coffee is sourced from 463 farmers & the Kilimbi Washing Station in Nyamasheke, Western Province. When these farmers arrive, they’re sent to stations to sort through and separate the ripest, cleanest cherries from the under ripe, over ripe and defective. Through education and higher premiums per pound of cherry, the team at Kilimbi are hoping that, year after year, their coffee quality will improve solely based on this.
The hydro honey process is the result of an experiment at the Kilimbi washing station. The idea is to start the coffee as a natural process, then hydrate and remove the cherry, and finish the process as a washed coffee. The goal is to combine the fruit-forward flavour achieved through the natural process, and fuse it with the crisp acidity of the washed process.
The resulting cup reminds us of raspberry, mango, and black tea.