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Rwanda Kinini

Cupping notes

Delicate lemonade, orange, redcurrant, rhubarb, peach, and pear. Caramel and syrupy.

Description

The Northern Province in Rwanda is one of five that were created in 2006 as part of a government decentralization program designed to restructure administration locally. Located in Rusiga, Kinini washing station is surrounded by an abundancy of interlocking undulate slopes and mountains. This creates a multitude of variations, some of which we separate or others, such as this lot, that are a representation of the area as a whole. Coffee here is frequently grown heavily intercropped on small farms and gardens hewn from the hillsides. This can mean time demands on a farmer, so the addition of satellite technology that is used to monitor leaf glare from the trees is extremely useful. Any changes can be a sign of disease or infestation and early detection pays dividends when it comes to clean cups and good green. If a change is noted, the farmer will receive a text message to alert them to the area and issue.

In 2012, 38 of the 252 hectares were planted with Bourbon Mayaguez 139 seedlings, 2,000-2,500 in each hectare. This totalled nearly half a million new trees, and access to nurseries and supply of new trees continues. Since then, neighbouring washing stations have asked to be included in the QC and business, so well is Kinini regarded there. They have also hired Patrick, employed full time to oversee the quality operations and expand the capabilities with composting from worms and other agricultural practises.

Weather has proven changeable and inconsistent over recent years. Coupled with high to extremely high altitudes, this has led to a widening of the cropping period from late March (2021) or Feb (in 2022) starting on the lower altitudes right through to December for the highest plots. This being late harvest, is more towards the latter.

Weather has proven changeable and inconsistent over recent years. Coupled with high to extremely high altitudes, this has led to a widening of the cropping period from late March or April (starting on the lower altitudes) right through to December for the highest plots. This being late harvest, is more towards the latter.

Coffee here is delivered to the washing station by 4pm on the day of picking in order to meet the strict quality control. It is washed and rests in cherry for 24 hours before being pulped and fermented in clean water. Flowing down the clear blue channels, it then rests for a further 24 hours after washing in another tank, before flowing down to the individually marked raised beds for drying. All water used undergoes strict cleaning to a level where it is fit for consumption, before being returned to the stream that flows down the hill just behind the washing station.

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Origin
Producer
Process
Fully washed
Altitude
2000+m
Harvest
September - November
Species
SCA score
86
Varietal

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