Washing Station: Gatare
Elevation: 1765-2200 masl
CUPPING NOTES: Brown Sugar, Rose Hips, Honeycrisp Apples, Vanilla Brioche.
Rwanda isn’t Africa’s largest coffee producing country but, we promise you their coffee should never be overlooked. Rwandan coffee does a beautiful job of bridging the gap between some of the more nuanced flavors from other popular coffee producing countries and is likely to please any coffee drinker. Some echo characteristics prized in Central America, others are reminiscent of their Ethiopian neighbors, exhibiting delicate tea like notes and bursting florals. Balanced and approachable, Rwandan coffees are often favorites on the Coffee Manufactory cupping table.
The soaring elevations in Rwanda and nitrogen-rich volcanic soil create excellent coffee producing conditions throughout the country. Bourbon varieties flourish in this exotic landscape, and it isn’t difficult to find exceptional coffee - an example of this is found at the Gatare washing station.
Gatare washing station is perched at a staggering 1765 masl in the Nyamasheke region of South-West Rwanda. Overlooking Lake Kivu, Gatare is the oldest washing station in Rwanda and has a long reputation of having been one of the first wet mills to produce high-quality coffee for export. Throughout the harvest season, Gatare receives cherry from 2000 local producers in the surrounding hills of
Nyamasheke. All coffee here is depulped, washed, graded and dried on raised beds.
From the moment we purchased Gatare we’ve been counting down the days until we could share it with you. This is a delicate coffee with sparkling acidity, notes of plum, rose water, and a drop of honey in the finish - it is certainly a stunning example of the best of Rwandan coffee.