RWANDA BAHO NATURAL
Our May coffee of the month is a natural processed coffee from Rwanda. This coffee is bold and rich with a medium body and mild acidity. Bourbon notes of smoke and vanilla hit your palate right at the beginning of the cup and are present throughout. In the middle of the cup, tropical fruit acidity and notes of cedar make a brief appearance and then give way to the long vanilla bourbon finish.
We've had some mild, balanced coffees over the past couple months and this one is certainly unique. There were a lot of "wow" and "woah" comments from our team as we started cupping it. We are loving how different this coffee is!
Roast Color: Medium-Dark
Cupping Notes: Bourbon, Cedar, Tropical Fruit
Story: The Nyamasheke district in Rwanda is gifted in terroir. The cool, humid climates of both Lake Kivu and the Nyungwe Forest National Park keep groundwater abundant throughout the uniquely hilly region. Kivu itself is part of the East African Rift whose consistent drift creates volcanic seepage from the lake’s bottom and enriches the surrounding soils. Coffees from this region are often jammier and heavier than in the rest of the country.
Ngoma Coffee Washing Station is located in the southern part of Nyamasheke district, in a striking location right on the shore of Lake Kivu. The station is owned and operated by Baho Coffee Company, a small community-focused processing and exporting group that currently operates 6 washing stations in 6 different districts in Rwanda, and is currently constructing 2 more. Baho produces excellent quality naturals and experiments annually with honey processing and anaerobic fermentation styles. Participating farmers delivering cherry to Baho’s washing stations can count on annual payment premiums as well as farm-level support, including annual coffee seedlings, health insurance, fertilizer, and harvest loans. Producer groups like Baho cherish their farmers’ potential and are learning to maximize the quality and variety available from Rwanda’s most promising terroirs.