Sourced from: Rwanda - Gitega Hills + Ethiopia - Segera
Tastes like: Raspberry / Lime Zest / Black Tea
V60, Chemex, French Press and Cold Brew
Each month (funnily enough) we introduce a new Blend of the Month. To be quite frank, this is probably one of our most favourite things to do (bar eating pizza, but that's pretty normal right?)
We carefully sourced two or more beans that caressingly (it's a word) compliment each other. Expect some fun flavours here that work brilliantly with most brew methods.
More Info from the farm:
Location: Rwanda - Gitega Hills
Altitude: 1600 MASL
Variety: Red Bourbon
The Gitega Hill’s washing station is located in the Nyamagabe District of the southern province and is located very close to Nyungwe Forest and the traced source of the Nile River. Bernard Uwitije, a native of the area, had been trading non‐washed Ordinary coffee up until 2015, when he realised the potential for fully washed specialty grade coffee. Despite being his first time in processing fully washed coffee, he could count on his overall experience and knowledge when establishing the wet mill. He equipped the station with a 1500kg Penagos machine, fermentation tanks, and raised drying beds. These investments, along with strong oversight, has yielded very high quality parchment in his first full year in operation.
The average farm supplying to Gitega is at an altitude around 1650m, and that high altitude along with the volcanic soil of the area make Gitega an excellent location for high quality processing. One strategic area of collection is called Miko, which is made up of approximately 165 coffee farming families. The Miko farms sit between 1700‐ 1900m and have been consistent with strong yield and higher than average cup scores. Gitega Hills processed a little over 150 tons of cherry for the first year, but the capacity of the station has it positioned for growth in the coming seasons.
Cherries delivered to the Gitega Hills station and then floated and separated to remove any defective cherries. The coffee is then placed on the raised African beds at about 2cm of thickness where it is dried for up to 30 days with regular turning each hour and covering during at night time.
From here the coffee is then left to rest before being transported to the RTC warehouse in Kigali where it is milled and prepped ready for shipment.
Location: Ethiopia - Segera
Altitude: 1980 MASL
Segera washing station is owned by Daye Bensa Coffee Export, who own farms and washing stations around Southern Ethiopia. This particular washing station is located in the Segera kebele within the Bensa woreda of the Sidama zone. The washing station sits 1980masl and the coffee cherries are purchased from outgrowers with farms nearby. These outgrowers are typically small farmers with between 0.5 and 3 hectares of land which is managed organically with compost and is often grow within the native forest. There is a mix of varieties in the area, some of which are local landrace selections, but more commonly it is the 74158 variety, which is a selection from the Jimma research centre. This variety was selected from wild plants in the Metu-Bishari forest in the Illuababora zone in Western Ethiopia. 74160 is widely distributed varieties across Ethiopia and was selected for its resistance to CBD and high yield.
The coffee delivered to the segera washing station is pulped, fermented under water and then washed before being placed on raised beds to dry for around two weeks. At this site the team are very selective about cherry quality ensuring only the ripest are bought and make sure the coffee is dried slowly with a skin drying phase to start the process.
This year we have three lots from the same washing station, since they all stood out on the cupping table, but each one has its unique qualities. This is lot 1.