This is our first direct trade Rwanda of 2018. We really love Rwanda coffees for its complexity and flavor. Sometimes the potato defect peeks around the corner, but the washing station invested in new equipment and made the risk of potato a lot smaller. The region around lake Kivu has some of the best circumstances to grow coffee, with great soils and altitude and the favorable rainfall. The characteristics of the coffee is like putting two top lots from Ethiopia and Kenya together. Think notes like tropical fruits, white pear and black tea. Maybe some saltiness also on espresso? Amazeballs!
Just like Macuba, Karambi is one of the washing stations that make part of the same international coffee group as 32cup. This vertical integration gives us unique insights in the whole coffee season in Rwanda, from the very start of the season until the export, and every production step in between.
Macuba washing station lies deep in the south of Rwanda, close to the border with Burundi, right next to the Nyungwe natural forest. The Nyamasheke region is famous for its high potential in coffee production. Many of the best Rwandese coffees are produced here, like the intense and fruity coffees from Nyakizu washing station. It shares many features with the reputed Kayanza province in Burundi. High altitude and rich clay soils in a favorable climate with plenty of rainfall in marked seasons. The sandy clay soil in the region is more acidic than in other parts of Rwanda and has a rich topsoil with a lot of organic matter.
Harvest takes place mainly in the rainy season from March to June. Coffee producers will take the cherries from their lots to the centralized washing station for processing. Here, they receive payment according to the quality and quantity they deliver. Macuba has strong quality standards in place to separate the good from the bad coffees. Through flotation in water and a visual cherry inspection, the quality team removes those cherries that would affect the quality.