Tasting notes: Stone Fruit, Lime, Candied Sweetness
Elevation: 1,800 - 2,100 masl
Process: Fully Washed
KANZU Coffee Washing Station is located in the Western Province of Nyamasheke. Sitting on the shoulders of Lake Kivu, and a stone’s throw from Nyungwe National Park, the washing station is located on the Rwanda Congo Nile Mountain Chain. The local population survive on agriculture, cultivating subsistence crops like peas, cassava and banana. Coffee is used as their predominant cash crop. The coffee season in Rwanda runs from March-July. Kanzu employs 50 local men and women during the coffee season. In 2007, Kanzu was one of the runners up in the Rwandan Golden Cup, and received an award at the Cup of Excellence in 2008. After arriving at the washing station, cherry is floated and pulped, using a McKinnon disc pulper.The coffee in parchment then undergoes a dry fermentation for 16 - 18 hours before the remaining mucilage is washed off, followed by soaking..This typically takes up to 18 hours, before the coffee is dried on raised beds with a mesh bottom, allowing for air circulation.The wastewater from the processing is treated with effective microorganisms to secure the local water resources for the nearby community.