Rwamatamu coffee farm and washing station sits atop rich volcanic soil, at 1600 to 2000 meters above sea level, within the Western province of Rwanda. The estate is located near the picturesque rolling hills that flank Lake Kivu, in a region that provides a tropical highland climate with an average temperature of 14 to 24 degrees celsius, along with regular rainfall. This makes the Arabica trees flourish, producing a dense, hard bean come harvesting season, which runs from January through to March.
As a family run business, Rwamatamu strives to bring a positive social and economic impact to the Western Province, something which is achieved by committing to the regular purchase of beans from local cooperatives and small holders. They also take care to invest in the growth of employees, 80% of whom are women.
This coffee has a lovely tea-like delicacy, with big notes of caramel and raspberry.
Roaster's Notes Rwamatamu Lot 7
This coffee is just gorgeous on pour over, giving you the chance to taste all those nuanced flavours. It's so balanced yet complex, with juicy & floral notes, sweetness and a light, lingering acidity.
The majority of coffee in Rwanda is grown by small-scale farmers, typically organised into cooperatives that share the services of centralised wet-mills. Almost all of Rwanda’s coffee is one of several long-established Bourbon varieties. This is closely guarded by the country’s government and gives Rwandan coffees a unique bright fruitiness and acidity.
Following the genocide, coffee production was one of the key drivers of economic growth. Rwanda is now one of the ‘go to’ origins for specialty coffee today.