Rwanda Gashonga / Red Bourbon
Altitude : 1.683 meters
Location : Western province, Kivu Lake
Preparation : Washed
Washing station : Gashonga
Variety : Red Bourbon
Cupping Notes : intensity, plumy character, warming allspice and dark chocolate, complex acidity, rich body, high sweetness.
Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee growing conditions that include high altitude, regular rainfall, volcanic soils with good organic structure and an abundance of Bourbon.
The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders (around half a million) with parcels of land often not much larger than just one hectare per family. Gashonga can be found in the tiny corner of Rwanda that lies between the Congo and Burundi, west of the country.
Gashonga can be found in the tiny west corner of the country, near Kivu Lake. It is located in the Rusizi district and is made up of around 1592 members who grow their coffee at 1,683 metres above sea level. Red Bourbon, washed and sun dried on raised African beds.
This varietal originated on the Island of Bourbon (now known as Reunion Island) and is a mutation of early Arabica species from Ethiopia. It yields slightly more coffee than the Typica varietal but is relatively low yielding. The leaves are broad and cherries can ripen red, yellow or orange.