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Rwanda: Mushonyi

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In the cup: A feathery, delicate texture and a flavour profile that manages to be sweet, floral and fruit forward. We taste the tropical notes of papaya as well as the sparkling notes of lemon and clemintine with sweet caramel undertones.

Cupping score: 87

Mouthfeel: Textured, elegant

Varietiy: Red Bourbon

Process: Fully washed

Producer: Mushonyo Washing Station

Altitude : 1600 - 1950 m.a.s.l. 

Region: Western Province

Background:  

The Mushonyi Washing Station sits 1827 metres above sea level, just 1km away from the great Lake Kivu. It's a collective of 1213 farmers who live and farm on the hills surrounding the washing station. In these hills, the altitude can vary from a low of 1,600 meters above sea level to a high of 1,950 meters above sea level. Farmers, on average, cultivate about 300 coffee trees on their small plots. Many also intercrop bananas, eucalyptus and cassava to generate additional income.

Coffee isn’t native to Rwanda but was introduced by German and Belgian missionaries at the beginning of the 20th century. It quickly became one of the main export commodities that support rural families to this day.

What separates Mushonyi from other sites is their processing systems and equipment. When cherry is purchased for the station, the cherry first goes through a floatation check to remove any lower quality cherry, followed by a visual inspection.

Following pulping, the coffee undergoes a meticulous ten-hour fermentation process in concrete tanks, imparting depth and complexity to its flavour profile.