Coming Soon - New Microlot from Rwanda
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 |
Coffee Sourcing, Product News
We've just purchased another microlot, this time from SOCOR in Rwanda. Kinunu washing station lies on the shores of Lake Kivu, a large 'inland sea' along Rwanda's western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. It's a magical place, with Bourbon coffee trees growing down steep, fertile hills right to the shore of a breathtaking lake (whose surface elevation is 1460m). The variety is red bourbon and it fully washed and sun dried on raised screens. The sorted beans are dried in the sun on raised screens ('African beds') overlooking the lake, and sorted again several times prior to milling.
Unlike almost all other washing stations in Rwanda, SOCOR has its own dry mill on site at Kinunu and so doesn't have to rely on a central mill in Kigali (the capital - where mills are traditionally located). This means that SOCOR can oversee the whole supply chain and retain full control of the quality process from farm to export. As part of this process, SOCOR's quality control team - some of whom have participated as jurors in several Cup of Excellence competitions - cup daily to ensure quality and consistency.
We'll let you know as soon as this coffee is delivered and roasted. In the meantime, take a look at the microlots that are currently available.
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