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Bag of Rosetta Rwanda Gitesi Natural coffee

Rosetta Roastery - Rwanda Gitesi Natural

R 220.00

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Rwanda has become one of the most stable countries on the African continent following the calamity of the 1994 genocide. The East-African nation’s economy has seen an average annual expansion of 7%-8% since 2003, which reflects the nation’s ongoing commitment to regeneration and progress. This growth is owed in part to Rwanda’s coffee sector, which is strongly supported by the national government, international investment, and effective trade rules focused on exporting.

This particular Rwandan coffee, roasted and provided to us by Rosetta Roastery, was produced by Gitesi Washing Station. While we’ve tasted some amazing Rwandan coffees in recent years, we aren’t often treated to them by our friends at Rosetta, this being the third Rwandan lot we’ve ever received from them. Moreover, it’s also specifically Rosetta’s second lot from Gitesi, and we’re happy to be able to have the opportunity to taste some coffee from this producer once again.

Gitesi is found in the rolling hills of Rwanda’s Western Province, in the Karongi District. Karongi is famous for its picturesque landscapes and natural splendour. Lake Kivu to the west is a particularly stunning attraction, and boasts beautiful beaches, islands and birdwatching opportunities for locals and tourists alike to appreciate. 

Like most of the coffee grown in Rwanda, this is of the Red Bourbon variety, well-suited to the high altitudes of Rwanda’s mountainous regions. Red Bourbon is known for typically offering bright acidity and vibrant fruity notes in the cup, which should be brought forward by this coffee’s natural processing and Rosetta’s progressive roast.

Phaedon's tasting notes

I love a quirky coffee, and I would say this one is definitely of that ilk. A relative rarity - not only a Rwandan natural, but one selected and roasted by our friends at Rosetta - this one was bound to be something a little different.

This coffee has quite a particular mouth feel. It has plenty of weight, but in a very pleasant sense of the word; there's a kind of creamy texture and a satisfying viscosity to it. This is accompanied by some enjoyable but subtle fruit flavours. To my palate, they were of the berry variety, some combination of cherry and cranberry with one dominating depending on the brew method. I also thought I picked up a hint of vanilla, that contributed to a sort of cake-like experience - yum.

I found my best results with this coffee in immersion methods like the AeroPress, siphon and French press. It seemed to lose something in my batch brew and V60 attempt, but it held its own nicely in my Chemex, which offers some element of immersion thanks to the slow draw-down. It also made a mean pseudo-espresso in my moka pot.

Rosetta Roastery's notes

Style: Progressive
Flavour profile: Rich and buttery, ripe papaya, citrus peel finish

“[These roasts] tend to be lighter bodied coffees, that forefront flavour nuances inherent to the specific bean. These coffees tend to have natural sweetness and distinctive aromatic properties.

“Notes of citrus and papaya upfront are complemented by a subtle chestnut finish. Espresso aficionados will gravitate towards this Rwandan lot for its gentle, integrated acidity.”

Coffee details from Rosetta

“Gitesi is a privately owned washing station, established by father and son, Alexis and Aime Gahizi. Built in 2005, they began processing coffee the following year. Despite initial struggles, they managed to turn a profit in 2010, transforming Gitesi into the sustainable business it is today.

The washing station has fostered strong relationships with over 1,800 local coffee farmers who deliver their cherries for processing. These farmers, mostly small family-owned operations, meticulously care for their plants and personally hand-pick the cherries. They operate a coffee nursery with 15,000 to 50,000 trees, freely distributed to farmers to expand their coffee-growing activities, going beyond coffee processing and actively supporting the local community.”

  • Altitude: 1750 - 1800 masl
  • Processing: Natural
  • Variety: Red Bourbon
  • Region: Karongi District
  • Country: Rwanda
  • Producers: Alexis and Aime Gahizi of Gitesi Washing Station
  • Harvest: 2023