Rwanda - Shyira
Rwanda - Shyira
Some of the highest grown coffee we have come across in Rwanda. Candied lemon, black tea and chocolate flavours. Some of the highest grown coffee we have come across in Rwanda. Candied lemon, black tea and chocolate flavours.
FACTS & FIGURES:
Variety: Red Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed and dried on African raised beds
Producer: Smallholder Farmers
Harvest: May-June 2018
This is our second year working with Shyira, a washing station located in the Nyabihu region of northern Rwanda.
The station is situated at 1900 metres above sea level and the smallholder farmers they buy cherry from go up to 2300 metres. This is the highest grown Rwandan coffee we have ever come across. The station is owned and operated by Muraho Trading Co, an exporter we work with in Rwanda and whose name ‘Muraho’ means Hello or Greetings in the Kinyarwandan language.
The station is so high that it has a cool and temperate climate meaning coffees take around 45 days to dry slowly and evenly. The landscape is rugged and hilly at this altitude and Shyira and its surrounding farms perch on steep hillsides that lead down to a beautiful river that runs along the bottom of the station. We were blown away by the location and altitude of Shyira, but more so by the quality of the coffees we saw drying there when we visited, by how the coffee tasted on the cupping table and by the amazing welcome we received from the team there.
The effect of this high altitude is to give the coffees a more complex acidity that almost reminds us more of Ethiopian coffees than Rwandan ones.