Jean Paul from Rwanda, 1KG
Taste notes: Orange, Raisin, Caramel
Farm: Liza Washing Station
Region: Near to Kamembe, South West Rwanda
Elevation: 1600+ above sea level
Varietal: Red Bourbon
About the coffee
Liza washing station is owned by Jean Paul (far left in the above picture). He is a second generation coffee farmer who has worked for many years as an agronomy consultant both in Rwanda and the Congo. His farm has about 6000 trees and he processes coffee from his own farm and from several hundred local small hold farmers within the community. The quality he produces is outstanding and this is due to his dedication and commitment to training local farmers and focusing on very careful hand sorting at the washing station. Jean Paul produces a variety of different microlots specifically for us, these include washed coffees and bespoke experimental process coffees.
Harvesting and Processing:
Coffee is delivered daily during the harvest period (February to June) by small hold farmers. Usually, they deliver anything between 10 and 100kg depending on the size of their farm.
After delivery coffee is floated in water. Defects tend to float and the good quality cherry will sink. After flotation coffee is laid out to dry on raised tables in a thin layer. The coffee was moved regularly and kept in a thin layer to speed up the drying process to produce a clean natural with minimum fermentation.
After the coffee has dried it is stored in a cool stored room and samples are sent away to be roasted, cupped and graded in Rwanda and also sent to us to be sampled. Once we've selected the lots we've like to purchase the coffee will be dry milled. This process involves removing the parchment layer and further sorting to remove defects.