Rwanda

Karambi

Fig · Buckwheat Honey · All Spice

$20.75

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If you’ve ever eaten a Fig Newton, hopefully, you remember the balance of sweetness and soft texture of the cookie. That is the image that comes to mind when trying the first sip of this coffee. Its fig spread sweet, followed by herbaceous honey, and the finish rounds out to allspice.

Rwanda coffees, like most, are heavily influenced by their terroir, and this coffee is sweet like buckwheat honey but possesses spice qualities due to the loam soil it was grown in.

Roast Level

Coffee Roasting Scale: 3

  • Coffee Details
    Producer

    755+ smallholding farmers

    Country

    Rwanda

    Region

    Western Providence

    Cultivar

    Bourbon

    Years of Purchase

    1st Year

    Process

    Washed

    Elevation

    1700-2000 Meters

    Harvest

    March-June

    Tasting Notes

    Fig, Buckwheat Honey, All Spice

    Brew Method

    Aeropress

    Brew Recipe

    Ratio: 1:12
    Coffee: 18 grams
    Water: 216 grams
    Total brew time: 2:30 minutes

  • Farmlevel Story

    Farmlevel

    The Nyamasheke district has the highest number of washing stations in all of Rwanda. The region lies along the Kivu Lake providing excellent conditions for coffee to grow. They have ranging altitudes, nutrient-dense soil, and a y amount of rainfall each year. All of these factors contribute to the overall quality and reasons why this coffee is so exceptional.

    Karambi is located in the Karambi sector in the Nyamasheke district, Western province, and borders the Nyungwe Forest National Park. This washing station was built in 2016. Its altitude starts at 1700 meters and goes upwards to a vast 2000 meters above sea level.

    Rwanda and Karambi specifically have about four months total for just their harvest. These months are quite packed with picking, processing, and drying their coffees. At peak harvest season, they have 120 staff members working together to make it all happen.

    After the cherry is brought to the washing station, they go through a sorting process to isolate the ripe cherries, and any lower quality cherries are separated through flotation. It is then inspected by staff to isolate if there are visual defects. All of these practices are to ensure quality and support for all contributing members.

    Post meticulous sorting, coffees are put through a de-puler/demucilager that will remove 80% of the mucilage before coffees are fermented for 10 hours. After this, they are laid out to dry on raised beds where an initial sorting to remove any imperfect beans, sifted to ensure even drying.

    Fertilizer Project
    This cooperative had an initiative to grow and use natural fertilizer to fertilize pre and post-harvest. The process takes food waste and then uses larvae to enhance overall balance and fuel for the soil. They put bugs on top of the food compost to break down the food, and then they eat away and redeposit nutrients the soil will absorb. This is broken down after its many processing stages and then given back to farmers to use during their harvest seasons. We were able to pay more per pound, which gave money to this project. In total, we helped three farms with their natural fertilization project.

Customer Reviews

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Elizabeth T.
DELISH

Smooth, subtle yet vibrant flavors, delicious.

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Jonathan K.

Karambi

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Joe
Karambi is the bomb

Verve coffee’s are consistently impressive. Their Karambi from Rwanda is definitely a noteworthy exceptional African coffee perfectly light-roasted. Sometimes I just open the bag and enjoy a good whiff…like right now…awesome!

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Kasparas S.

Karambi

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tanya c.
Delicious

As always, it was delicious. Love that you deliver, that you deliver in bulk, and that you use minimal waste to ship. Love you guys!

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Patrick S.

Karambi

Karambi

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