Espresso Single Origin: Isimbi

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Country Of Origin: Rwanda
Region: Western Province
Process: Washed

Varietal: Bourbon, typica
Altitude: 1700 - 1900
Flavour Note: Coco, dried cherry, raisin

Nyakarenzo washing station lies in the Rusizi district, Rwanda’s most southwestern region. The region borders DR Congo and Burundi and has a shoreline along Lake Kivu. The washing station lies close to the Cyamudongo natural highland forest. Average elevation in the region is 1924 meters above sea level. Yet, the washing station lies a lot lower than the farms that produce its coffee. This makes it easier for the producers to carry their coffee cherries down after the day’s harvest. Placing the station down the hill also facilitates the water supply to the station from the nearby river network. On a farm level, the orientation of the farms in the hills means that the coffee trees catch a lot more sun hours than the washing station itself. The drying field of the station has less direct exposure to sunlight, which slows down the coffee drying process.

Since the drying capacity of this washing station is very limited and the conditions are not suitable to produce volume, Nyakarenzo naturally took the course of specialty production. The capacity of the station is smaller, so the quality of the total production is easier to control. To start with, the washing station puts great focus on cherry selection starting at the intake point. The manager that oversees the cherry reception strictly controls which cherries are accepted for processing. He checks the quality through flotation because not all quality issues are visible. Next, he submits every batch of cherries to a visual inspection to detect insect damage or other unwanted elements. The quality of the batch is noted so that the producer will receive payment in line with the quality of the cherries and volume he delivered that day.

In the evening, the station will start processing the receipts of that day
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Espresso Single Origin: Matambo

$19.00

Country Of Origin: Colombia
Region: Huila
Process: Washed

Varietal: Caturra, Colombia
Altitude: 1500-1900
Flavour Note: Candied lemon, red grape, fantales

The name of this coffee is a story of myths and legends.

Matambo was a giant, a valiant warrior in the region but an enemy of the Michués (a native pre-Hispanic tribe). Mirthayú, who was the queen of the Michués was said to be so beautiful that when Matambo came face-to-face with her in combat he immediately fell in love and they formed a loving relationship. The people of the Michués did not agree with this relationship and Matambo was unfortunately killed in battle fighting for the love of his life.

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Espresso Single Origin: Chanya

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Country Of Origin: Malawi
Region: Misuku
Process: Washed

Varietal: Nyika, Geisha
Altitude: 1423
Flavour Note: White nectarine, mulled wine, dark chocolate

Malawi is regenerating its image as a well known coffee growing region after years of civil unrest; bringing us one of the more interesting coffees we've had on our program in a while.

This coffee is a unique mix of Nyika; Catimor (robust and high yielding) and Geisha (rare, delicate and low yielding) varieties. Processed with great care at the Chanya Washing Station, their coffee cherries are received from a group of farmers of which 26% are women. This is quite rare in coffee producing regions as it's known to be a male dominated industry. The quality found in this coffee stems from skillful harvesting practises such as selective picking, and the conditions in which farmers live and work. However, the most important factors being education and food security.

To round out the holistic and sustainable approach to coffee producing, these group of farmers also create their own organic fertilisers to re-use organic waste in the region and help improve overall harvest yields for years to come.

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