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Rwanda Gakoma

Rosemary, shortbread, lemon curd.

$23.45
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12oz / whole bean / free shipping

Rosemary and buttery shortbread pair up with lemon curd and sweet persimmon for in this rich approachable cup. Sweet acidity and cream silk body get an extra boost from soft citrus and floral afternotes.

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Country
RW
Region
Nyamasheke
Farm
Gakoma Mill
Farmer
Justin Musabyimana and Smallholders
Elevation
1500-1600m

Meet Justin Musabyimana and Smallholders

Justin Musabyimana is a leader in coffee production in his home district of Nyamasheke. Growing up in the coffee lands, he learned how to farm coffee from his father on their 8 hectare farm. Not satisfied with just growing cherries, Justin worked hard to open a small mill, Mahembe, to process the coffees from his farm and neighboring smallholder farmers. Key to his success, Justin and his expert team of mill managers are relentless when it comes to quality separation - all coffees are sorted upon arrival for optimum ripeness and floated for density.

In 2017, Justin opened a nearby satellite washing station, Gakoma, to work with farmers who had difficulty delivering cherries to Mahembe. This new, modern wet mill showcases not only the best of the Musabyimana’s family coffee, but some of the best coffee period that can be found in this esteemed lakeside growing region.

Nyamasheke, Rwanda

Since coffee is grown over most of Rwanda, there are few coffee vs non-coffee geographic restrictions. Therefore regional designations can be a bit vague. Instead, roasters often use the name of the district of origin along with the farmer, co-op, or washing station’s name. The Nyamasheke district is found in the southwest of Rwanda on the shores of Lake Kivu. Just south of Nyamasheke is the Nyungwe Forest National Park, one of the largest montane forests, home to huge biodiversity and an estimated 25% of Africa’s primates including mountain gorillas.

100% Bourbon coffee blankets the hills in Nyamasheke district. This region’s elevation, soil, and climate are what coffee trees love best. No surprise then that some fantastic coffees come from here, known for their round, complex profile packed with citrus and other fruits with cocoa notes. Infrastructure has been an ongoing challenge, but in the past few years, various projects across Rwanda are helping to make room for coffee farmers to begin to flourish.

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Location
San Francisco, CA
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415-641-1024

Ritual Coffee

When Ritual opened its doors on Valencia Street in 2005, they started what many call a coffee revolution in San Francisco. Their goal then—and their goal now—is to craft the very best cup of coffee available anywhere. Period. A pioneer in the recent shift of consciousness that has defined the modern coffee industry, they’ve learned a lot over the years. Still, the care and attention they lavish on their process is unchanged as they work to bring the very best out of the coffees they painstakingly choose, roast, and deliver fresh to coffee lovers worldwide.

With 5 retail stores in the bay area and a roasting facility in the SoMa district of San Francisco, Ritual takes pride in a growing number of direct trade relationships with coffee producers around the world, working with farmers to help them improve their quality with each passing season.

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