Rwanda Kanzu Washed

We have the natural processed of this wonderful coffee. Now try the washed!

Kanzu is the name of a wonderful washing station that processes the coffees of the various small holder producers in the Karambi area.

One thing that feels special about Kanzu is that unlike other washing stations which are fairly accessible from the roads, Kanzu doesn’t have road access. The station is nestled against a huge national forest called Nyungwe, so it’s protected for biodiversity and from deforestation. The forest collects cloud cover, generating a special misty microclimate that slows cherry maturation and protects the coffee from climate extremes. It’s right above Lake Kivu and the view looks down on the watershed, all the way down to the lake itself. Kanzu is on the downslope right below this forest, at an extremely high elevation, and we’ve always seen how the climate plays a huge role in the flavor development of these coffees. The cherries here ripen a lot later than most of the country and are frequently one of the last harvests of the season.

Cherries are of the bourbon varietal grown at a rocking 2100 MASL.

This is a clean sweet coffee with a lot of stone fruit.

It smells like honey and stone fruit. Right away I am reminded of honey, mango, and apricot. There is a rich brown sugar like layer of sweetness and some tangerine as it cools. The flavors combined make me think of orange marmalade.

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