GITESI #67, Rwanda FILTER silky & complex, red apple, black tea, floral, honey


GITESI #67, Rwanda FILTER silky & complex, red apple, black tea, floral, honey

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Producer: Various small-holder farmers delivering to Gitesi washing station managed by Aime and Alexi Gahizi

Region: Karongi, Wester Province, Rwanda
Altitude: 1800 masl

Varietal: Red Bourbon
Process: Washed & dried on African beds

Importer: Nordic Approach

Cup profile: Silky & complex, red apple, black tea, delicate florals, honey


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Gitesi is a private washing station established in 2005 in the sector Gitesi in Western Rwanda. It is owned and run by a father and son team, Alexis and Aime Gahizi.

Alexis is originally from the Karongi region which Gitesi is located in, and his family have been growing coffee in this region for generations. Aime has a degree in engineering and has created a very comprehensive water purification system for the washing station, to such an extent that it is being used to model future water purification systems for washing stations.

Rwandan farms are generally very small. It's usually families that have some land with coffee trees and who take care of the plants and pick the cherries themselves. Competition for cherry can be pretty tough, farmers can deliver to whichever washing station they want. Maintaining a good supply of cherry is dependent on the relationships Gitesi has with farmers and being able to offer competitive pricing. Gitesi has very strong relationships with their farmers, there are over 1,800 coffee farmers who have been delivering cherry to Gitesi. The washing station has implemented a bonus system based on performance, which is paid out to the farmers at the end of the year.

To help farmers further Gitesi also has a project to distribute water pumps and cows to conscientious farmers. Cow's manure is used as organic fertilisers improving soils and yields of trees whilst its milk can be sold or consumed within family improving their nutrition and health. Only a simple rule is applied : if the cow happens to be or become pregnant, the calf has to go to the next farmer.

The season for Rwanda can run from March through to August. When cherries are picked they are delivered to the washing station where an eco pulper is used to remove the skin. The coffee is then fermented for 10-12 hours. After this the parchment is graded and washed in channels and separated into two grades based on density before being soaked under clean water in tanks for 16 hours. The parchment is initially taken to pre-drying tables, which are under shade, and where a lot of hand sorting is done as it is much easier to see defects at this point. Then it is dried further on African beds for up to 15 days before being prepared for dry-milling and export.