Gitesi by Gahizi
Floral, Lemon, Sweet
Variety: Red Bourbon
Origin: Gitesi, Rwanda
Producers: Communal Smallholder
Gitesi is a private washing station owned and run by a father and son team, Alexis and Aime Gahizi. The washing station was built in 2005 and began processing coffee in 2006. There are more than 1,800 farmers in the local community delivering their cherry to Gitesi washing station for processing. Competition for cherry can be pretty tough because farmers can deliver to whichever washing station they want. Maintaining a good supply of cherry is dependent on the relationships Gitesi has with farmers, and being able to offer competitive pricing. The Washing Station has different programs for the farmers; such as performance based bonuses, Healthcare for 100 farmers, distribution of cows, etc. Gitesi is CAFÉ Practices certified and Rainforest Alliance certified. They have a modern waste water management system and produce organic or natural fertiliser through coffee pulp. They also have a pilot programme where farmers can learn about growing different vegetables, ensuring that they have some income outside of coffee season.
This is the second year Nordic Approach asked Aime to seperate the cherry from his own farm (adjacent to the station) and process it seperately. And we're so happy he did. This coffee has that distinct floral tea-like Gitesi profile but with greater clarity. This coffee has nice brightness, and is soft and sweet! If you've enjoyed coffee's from Alexis and Aime in the past, this one's for you!