Red Grape, Honeysuckle, Tartaric

Variety: Red Bourbon

Processing: Washed

Crop Year: 2017

Origin: Rusizi, Rwanda

Producers: Gisuma Cooperative

Altitude: 1700m

Rwandan coffee is usually pretty tasty, but it tastes even better when there's an awesome story to go along with it. The Gisuma cooperative was founded in 2009 by a group of women farmers with the goal of improving their livelihoods by growing higher quality coffee crops. By pooling together their resources they have been able to invest in growing and milling infrastructure, and have furnished their 182 co-op members with health insurance. As the cooperative continues to advance their techniques, several Gisuma members have seen their coffees recieve top awards at Rwandan national competitions.

These luscious red bourbon coffee beans pack a punch when it comes to flavor, with a juicy red grape note providing a great body to the cup. A subtle honeysuckle note provides some sweetness and a touch of vegetal taste. A hint of tartaric acid makes this coffee slightly reminiscent of wine, which lends a bit more character to the grape note and makes for a fantastic finish. We love this coffee, and we hope you do too!

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Joseph Frantz

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December '16
8stars 30f964d825671e936496b1e9b91652b236d1338f7f157d183e3d5d7bf6dc5a84


Wonderfully mellow not overly sweet grape on the front honeysuckle notes in the back.


Jan Gibbs


Member Since
February '18




Lauren Green


Member Since
May '18
9stars c58729f5103ff4590617db3549eb955fdf8c2b8a5189f5adb5f5c5b2399e076c

Gisuma Review

I REALLY enjoyed the Gisuma, I enjoyed it both as a cold brew and hot coffee.


Jacob MacDonald


Member Since
April '18
6stars a4a0e8b53d318f1f0b1943d53a0b95109dbd5f60e4cf474e2c52c9a78a743e2a

Excellent coffee, just not my type.

Tried a smaller grind/longer extraction than usual in my Moka pot and based on smell was worried I had burnt it. To my delight that was not the case: I got an extremely smooth cup of coffee. Haven't picked up on the honeysuckle yet but the grape flavors are certainly obvious. The aftertaste has lots of dryness like red wine and less of the normal coffee aftertaste. However, the flavors in the coffee just aren't among my favorites. Delicious and definitely worth a try! I'm a bit sad the quality is wasted on me.


Micah Harkins


Member Since
September '16
8stars 30f964d825671e936496b1e9b91652b236d1338f7f157d183e3d5d7bf6dc5a84

Very Crisp and Refreshing - Great if you Love Crisper Fruity Notes

I usually prefer more smoky full-bodied coffees with tobacco or chocolate flavor notes than this blend, so I enjoyed the very full body, but not necessarily the individual flavor notes. My wife, however, loves the crisper, more muscatel and fruity notes in a coffee - which are not favorites of mine - but she LOVES this coffee. We both enjoy the uniqueness of the flavor, and it even makes a great iced coffee. One of my favorite things about this coffee, and something my wife also made significant note of is the story of how the Gisuma cooperative is a women's mission in Rwanda to bring truly beautiful coffee to people around the world. I would purchase many coffees from them, they have high-quality well-processed coffee with truly unique flavor and fragrance notes. This is an amazing coffee!


Barbara Erickson


Member Since
March '18
10stars b7d0bda0310969033433830e28a863844525eed66031a28909e01440c470fc80


Very pleasant with a tart after finish. Definitely an enjoyable experience.


Melanie Claire Wiggins McMillan


Member Since
April '18
7stars 47a7352655fa3ded048196554760f61df8d9125f29993e54d673bd8cd254c1f2

Not my Fav_But Excellent bean

Although, not my fav, I admire and WILL continue to support these producers as a woman. The coffee is something like I have never tasted before, and although I do not care for a particular taste/note, as it may be, this is worth a try as, it is quite unique in flavor and an experience. This coffee may wind up being combined to tone it down. I want to see and taste more coffees from this group.


Erica Diebold


Member Since
June '18
7stars 47a7352655fa3ded048196554760f61df8d9125f29993e54d673bd8cd254c1f2

Quality coffee but not a flavor I enjoyed.

Smooth flavor, not bitter. Didn't care for the grape flavor though. Of course, this is personal taste and I don't feel it reflects the coffee's quality in a negative way.


Joseph DiCicco


Member Since
December '17
6stars a4a0e8b53d318f1f0b1943d53a0b95109dbd5f60e4cf474e2c52c9a78a743e2a

Tasty! Just not my favorite.

A very tasty cup, but I've liked others much better.


John Cook


Member Since
June '18
8stars 30f964d825671e936496b1e9b91652b236d1338f7f157d183e3d5d7bf6dc5a84


Great coffee, just wasn't my favorite.