The second coffee for this season from our friends at Community Coffee Rwanda. This honey processed mix of Jackson and Bourbon varieties tastes like crisp cranberries, soft honeydew, and floral jasmine.
Flavor notes: Cranberries, honeydew, jasmine
Origin: Ngororero, Rwanda
Producer: multiple small-holder farmers
Variety: Jackson / Bourbon
Processing: Red honey
Altitude: 1600-1700 masl
Importer: Direct trade
Beginning of the relationship: 2017
Direct trade price: 9,75€/kg
CCR operates two washing stations in Karongi and Ngororero districts which are not well known for producing exportable coffee. Eric’s aim is to empower the communities close to his stations to focus more on the cultivation and quality leading to higher wages and farm profitability. At the moment CCR works with around 800 smallholder producers who deliver their often unsorted coffee cherries to the washing stations.
To help his pursuit CCR has a team of coffee scouts who help the farmers to improve their techniques and understand the reasons behind defects and plant diseases. Quality is exactly what CCR stands for. It has a small supply network of roasters that Eric has formed a personal relationship. Coffee is produced in quality over quantity and lot sizes are often small nano lots. This allows Eric to experiment with processing methods such as anaerobic fermentation, maceration, and yeasts. Effective pre-sorting of uniform coffee cherries as well as vigorous hand sorting of drying coffee play a major role in creating these clean, complex, and elegant lots. All this hard work has paid off, we have never come across as complex and unique cup profiles as what’s been processed by the CCR team.
Since the coffee season only lasts for a few months in a year farmers can’t rely on just coffee as an income. To help people sustain their lives outside the coffee harvest, Eric plans to help the community produce, market, and export other goods like honey wax and fruits.
Please keep in mind that our roast day is Monday. All orders received before Monday 10.00 will be shipped at the latest on Wednesday.