Varietal: Red Bourbon
Tasting notes: smooth and full-bodied, with notes of nut, cocoa butter and lime
Brewing: Portafilter; Bean-to-Cup; Moka Pot; Filter; Aeropress; French Press
This outstanding coffee is cultivated on a 22-hectare peninsula on the eastern shores of Lake Kivu, at an altitude of 1,550-1,700 metres above sea level. The green coffee is produced, traded and shipped from Lake Kivu to Basel by women from Rwanda.
The coffee cherries are hand-picked, wet processed at the Jarama washing station and sun-dried on elevated beds. The harvest season runs from March to June, during which the three permanent employees are supplemented by around 50 seasonal workers.
Kivubelt Coffee, owned and managed since its foundation in 2011 by Furaha Umwizeye, has planted more than 90,000 coffee trees across three farms in the nutrient-rich volcanic soil of Western Rwanda province. Uniquely in Rwanda, the company also operates its own washing stations in Murondo and Jarama. Its aim is to create a model coffee plantation which utilises best sustainable agricultural practices to maximise yield and quality while creating local work opportunities.
Kivubelt prides itself in providing technical assistance to nearby smallholders, helping them improve the quality of their coffee while supporting local healthcare and educational projects. The positive social impact extends to more than 500 families in the vicinity of the washing stations.