Lemon, Plum, Cola

Lemon, Plum, Cola

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Mahembe #2 2022

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Nyamasheke, Rwanda


Variety: Catuai

Processing: Washed

Origin: Nyamasheke, Rwanda

Producers: Justin Musabyiama

Altitude: 1900M

Score: 87.5

Mahembe is a privately owned washing station, owned by Justin Musabyiama. Justin grew up in the local area, grows his own coffee, and decided to invest in the community by building a wet mill on his fathers coffee plantation. He owns a farm that sources cherries from surrounding smallholders. Because of it's high-altitudes, this area has an increasing number of farmers choosing to grow coffee on the land. Justin's history with the community has formed strong bonds within the region. He and his staff have strict routines for the process; after sorting, the cherries are placed in a tank prior to pulping, where floaters are removed and processed as lower grade coffee. The climate in Rwanda is relatively cool, which assists in controlling the fermentation process. A pulper removes skin and pulp, and 70% of the mucilage. The coffee is then dry fermented for 10-12 hours. After being washed and separated, the parchment is left to dry on African drying beds for 21 days. Mahembe makes organic fertilizer from the coffee pulp.

This year's lot has a pleasant, balanced mouthfeel with a soothing creamy finish. Sweet lemon acidity, oolong tea with cola and blackberry notes in the finish.

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4.0 out of 5

Tasty, balanced, full

This is a smooth, well-balanced coffee. On the nose, I get lemon and plum, but on the tongue there is a creamy dark chocolate quality. There is also a pleasant acidity which complements the creaminess well. The finish is also nice. As the tasting notes, there is a bit of a cola quality to it, though I'd say its subtle. Overall, a really pleasant cup.

Rob Brayer


Member Since

September '20

5.0 out of 5

One of my perennial favorites

Whenever Justin's coffee shows up, I'm happy about it. I love his coffees. I do laugh, though, that his last name is always spelled differently every place it shows up on the card. =)

Nathaniel Hourt


Member Since

April '21