ABOUT THIS COFFEE:
FACTS & FIGURES:
Region: Huye District
Variety: Red Bourbon
Altitude: 1900 – 2300m
Processing: Fully Washed
Producer: David Rubanzangabo
Harvest: April – June 2016
Light and complex filter coffee with upfront blood orange and cherry drop flavours that give way to sweet rosehip, redcurrant and baking spice notes on the finish.
Huye Mountain is a private washing station near the town of Butare in southern Rwanda. David Rubanzangabo has spent many years developing the station and it is now one
of Rwanda’s premier coffee operations and featured in the cinematic release ‘A Film About Coffee’ last year.
The station operates in the traditional Rwandan style, buying Red Bourbon cherry from smallholder farmers in the surrounding areas, processing them as washed coffee and drying them slowly on raised beds. David works very hard to encourage and support the 1,000 plus farmers he buys from. Huye holds an annual competition where they award the 100 farmers whose coffees cupped the highest with the prize of a cow or goat. These farm animals are very expensive and provide rural families with milk and dung to use as valuable fertilizer for their smallholding.
One of the most impressive facets of David’s production is his quality control methods. Huye has an onsite cupping lab and all the coffees are cupped separately by q graders allowing Huye to feedback to individual farmers on the quality of their coffee. This also means they can separate coffees by the different areas they are harvested from which they are doing for the first time this year.
This particular lot comes from the Sovu area of Butare, the highest area they buy cherry from and widely regarded by David and his team as having the highest quality coffees.