Rave Christmas Coffee - Rwanda Simbi lot #4503

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    • Roast Level: Medium/Dark 

      Process: Fully washed and sun dried on raised African drying beds.

      This Christmas we thought we'd bring something special to your cups. We've been fans of this washing station for a few years now and this lot jumped off the cupping table and straight into our laps. With notes of cranberry, citrus, nutmeg and chocolate it has holidays written all over it. Roasted just a touch darker than medium to bring out the spice and chocolate notes without covering up the acidity or losing any sweetness.

      What to expect in the cup


       Cranberry, sweet citrus and spice on the finish

    • Double Shot Flat White

       Cinnamon, nutmeg and cranberries

      Black Filter / Cupping

      Dark chocolate & nutmeg, cranberry and a light citrus finish

    • Grown: Southern Province, Huye District

      Altitude: 1,700m

      Varietals: Red Bourbon

      Owner: Abdul Rudahunga

      Washing Station: Simbi

      Farm Info 

      The Simbi washing station is located in the Huye district of the southern province and services 1,475 smallholder coffee farmers who all grow high quality bourbon. This washing station was established as recently as 2013 with the construction of a 300 metric tonne per season cherry processing facility, and a 2.8 tonne per hour pulping machine. Following the pulping of freshly delivered cherry, the coffee is wet fermented and then the beans are sorted by density using water filled grading channels. The wet parchment is dried under cover for 24 hours before being moved to uncovered drying beds for an average of 15 days. During that period the coffee is continually hand sorted by an army of brightly clothed women who are meticulous in their removal of defect beans. Incredibly, in Simbi’s first year of operation, a sample was submitted for The Cup of Excellence and achieved 9th place in the competition! Such an accolade has inspired the owners to focus on maintaining high quality while increasing production. Simbi is a privately owned washing station operated by Abdul Rudahunga, who was inspired to get into the coffee business by his grandmother. She was also a coffee farmer and one of the few rural Rwandans that roasted and enjoyed her own coffee as part of her daily routine.
    • Our espresso recipe using 20g vst
      20g in
      40g out
      in 28 to 32 seconds

      Our filter recipe using a V60
      20g in
      320 – 340ml out
      in 3 – 3:30 minutes

    • Usually we source our Rwandan coffees from Nyamasheke district with outstanding results. This year while cupping with our partners at Falcon Speciality we came upon this fantastic lot from the Southern district of Huye and pounced on it immediately.

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