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In most ways, this is a quintessential Rwandan specialty coffee. It is comprised entirely of the Bourbon variety, as most Rwandan coffees are, and it is processed in the fully washed method, by a washing station serving many smallholder farmers. Because Rwandan coffee farmers are typically growing very small quantities, most of the great coffees we enjoy from the country come through the cooperative system. Thankfully, when well managed, these cooperatives help the farmers to make a living and improve their incomes by commanding better prices, as well as training them on how to achieve better harvests. This particular washing station is part of Rwanda's first farmer-owned specialty coffee export company, founded by Gilbert Gatali. You can read a bit more about the founder and the company below.
Phaedon's tasting notes
This coffee is not your quintessential Rwandan washed Bourbon in terms of flavour, even if it is on paper. I've come to associate those with big jammy bodies and bold berry flavours. This one is more subtle, more delicate you might say.
The predominant fruit note in the cup, to my palate, is lemon, possibly with a hint of lime. It doesn't present itself in a sour fashion, however; it's quite sweet. It's reminiscent of that wonderful combination of honey and citrus. The mouthfeel is almost silky, and it's a real pleasure to drink, particularly in paper-filtered pour-over or batch brews. I was pleasantly surprised to find it worked quite well as a moka pot brew as well.
- Cup Profile: Floral, citrus, notes of honey, light toffee, and blood orange
This farm had been part of the Rwandan Cup of Excellence 2014, situated on the edge of Lake Kivu. After much success, it became run down as the cooperative dissolved. It has recently been taken over by Gilbert Gatali and his best friend Gervais as they look to revitalize this washing station back to the standards it once was.
Gilbert came back to his homeland as a coffee importer seeking to help the hundreds of farmers improve their quality as manager of Rwanda's first farmer-owned specialty coffee export company. ‘Intango’ itself is Kinyarwanda for “beginning”: Gilbert’s intention was to create a communal starting point for farmers, staff, and community to come together, grow and change their lives positively.
Coffee is hand-picked, disc pulped, wet fermented overnight, washed and soaked with mountain water, then sun-dried on raised beds
- Farm/Producer: Intango Washing Station
Region: Karongi Gishyita
- Country: Rwanda
- Process: Washed
- Altitude: 1500-1900 masl
- Variety: Bourbon
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