BLOSSOM, Rwanda - Musasa - washed - 250g
Fresh and vibrant with a refined, crisp acidity, we’re very excited in Musasa to share our first ever coffee from Rwanda. Tasting like black tea with fresh notes of red grape and citrus and supported by a rich caramel sweetness, Musasa is an elegant and beautifully balanced lot which in our opinion showcases everything we love about high quality Rwandan coffee.
Musasa washing station lies at 1,526 meters above sea level in the hills of the Congo Nile Trail practically on the banks of Lake Kivu. 1,750 farmers deliver to Musasa, all of whom live within a 15km radius of the station and, going against the trend of ageing coffee-producing populations, around 23% of which are under the age of 35. Although farm sizes are small, at only around 0.18 hectares on average, farmers receive regular training in organic composting, renovation, harvesting techniques and other agricultural practices that ensure optimal growth for their small farms.
After selectively hand-picking, cherries are transported to the washing station and hand-sorted to remove any damaged or underripe cherries before they are weighed and pulped. Musasa uses a Pinhalense eco-pulper, which separates ripe and underripe/underweight cherries again – this pulper uses one cubic meter of water to process up to 20 tons, significantly reducing the environmental footprint of the washing station. After pulping, coffee is delivered to the fermentation tanks for around 24 hours, before being thoroughly washed in clean water.
After washing, coffee is delivered to drying tables where it is turned every 30 minutes initially and covered during the hottest part of the day, usually taking up to two weeks to dry.