Rwanda Kanyege Isimbi Lemon, currants, leatherwood honey Suitable for: Espresso



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Beans From: Rwanda


Tasting Notes: Lemon, currants, leatherwood honey


Coffee Story: In the cup: Light and fragrant notes of lemon citrus hang above this espresso. A richer currant note fills the middle palate bringing forth a unique and moreish leatherwood honey sweetness. This carries through the body and well into its linger. A brew that’s a little bit different with significant variation in flavour able to be found through adjusting your brew ratios.

Who and where? Hailing from the Gatsibo District, Northeast of Rwanda, we have seen a tremendous improvement in cup quality over the years from this region.

Over 1200 smallholder producers bring their cherry to the Isimbi washing station for processing, with each farm consisting of just 0.2 hectares of land for dedicated coffee production.

Harvest: Cherry is selectively hand-picked—it sounds simple, but this is a significant change in values in regions where traditionally, quantity is king. The ripe cherry is then delivered to the Isimbi washing station. Upon arrival at the washing station cherry is sorted and graded using hand sorting and a floating method. The cherry is then pulped, and the beans are placed in fermentation tanks for 8 hours.

The coffee beans are then washed to remove the remaining mucilage and placed on raised beds to dry.

Support: In 2018, the Cooperative of Coffee Farmers in the Kageyo Sector was created (COCAKA for short). COCAKA assists co-op members and farmers near the station with facilities and empowerment, including consultation, training and ongoing support.


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This coffee will be roasted fresh for you. Pillar will roast your coffee on Monday for blend and Tuesday for single origins, dispatch the following day.



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