Cranberry, Cascara, Bright
Variety: Red Bourbon
Origin: Nyamasheke, Rwanda
Producers: Justin Musabyiami
Another amazing coffee from Justin Musabyiami. Justin has had some serious problems in the months leading up to this year's harvest, with a storm destroying some of the walls of his station and ruining his depulper. He's still going strong though, as this lot will prove. He has an 8-hectare farm of his own, and buys cherries from the surrounding smallholders. This area is not as well known for quality coffees as some other parts of Rwanda, but has great altitudes and an increasing number of farmers growing at higher altitudes. We have found this coffee to be unique, with differences from other coffees in Rwanda. There are a number of smallholder farmers in the local community delivering their cherry to Mahembe washing station for processing, and Justin is producing cherry himself. Competition for cherry can be pretty tough, farmers can deliver to whichever washing station they want. Maintaining a good supply of cherry is dependent on the relationships Justin has with farmers, and being able to offer competitive pricing. His roots and history in this community help him strengthen these relationships. Justin’s organised operations, plus the work he is doing on the ground to improve quality, gives great results in the cup.
Justin produces such high quality coffee, it’s no surprise this cup is delicious. As it cools, more layers are revealed. It’s sweet, and tea-like with an herbal finish. We love Rwandan coffee at MCC, and we think Mahembe #3 will show you why!