Gitesi | Rwanda | Espresso
Ginger Snaps & Lemon Curd
Harvest: May 2021
Producer: Aime & Alexis Gahizi
Region: Karongi, Western Province
Altitude: 1,800 masl
Located in the Karongi region, Western Rwanda, Gitesi is the name of the washing station owned and run by Alexis Gahizi and his son Aime. This will be our fourth year purchasing coffee from Gitesi, and the arrival of this coffee at the roastery is always one of the highlights of our year! We love this coffee for its perfumed florals, lively citrus acidity and warming flavours of baking spices, a combination we think is unlike anything else.
The Rwanda harvesting season runs from March to August, and the best lots are usually selected from the May to July pickings. The farms are generally very small family-owned operations, and the family care for the plants and pick the cherries themselves. This coffee is a blend of cherries from multiple producers in the surrounding area. Every year, hundreds of farmers from the local community deliver to Gitesi to process their crops, but competition can be pretty tough. Farmers can deliver to whichever washing station they choose, so it's important that the staff at Gitesi maintain good relationships with the producers and offer competitive prices for higher qualities.
We source all our Rwandan coffee through Nordic Approach who have a very close relationship with Aime and Alexis, and do an incredible job selecting coffees with distinct fruit driven characteristics. This is no exception! Roasted for espresso, expect a sticky lemon curd sweetness, with flavours of caramel and baking spices throughout.