Rwanda Bwishaza Microlot | Berry, Strawberry, Toffee, Orange

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This is one of 2 naturally processed microlots from the Bwishaza Washing Station in Rwanda. This is an outstanding coffee with berry notes including strawberry, and also some orange character and a lovely toffee-like sweetness.

This coffee works wonderfully as a filter coffee, here is a recipe to use with a V60: 15g of medium grind coffee and 225g of water at 94 degrees (or a minute off of boil), do an initial bloom pour of 50g, leave to sit for 30 seconds, then pour the remaining 175g of water in slow, small concentric circles up to a time of 1 minute 15 seconds. This coffee should brew for a time of 2 minutes 30 seconds total.

This also makes a beautiful long black, we recommend using 19g in and 40g out in 30 seconds total using a Sage espresso machine.

Score: 87.25


Ethiopian tasting notes




The Bwishaza Washing Station is situated north of Kibuye on Lake Kivuin. The station is a larger co-operative made up of 500 members with the majority being small holder farmers with plots ranging from 1600 to 2000 meters above sea level.

Farmers process coffee using the same traditional washed method as is common across most washing stations in Rwanda. During the harvest, coffee is delivered by farmers daily and the cherry is processed in the evenings.

This season, Bwishaza has produced only two ‘natural process’ micro-lots. This one is dried in a thin layer for minimum fermentation ensuring only early-stage flavours emerge. This results in a more pronounced flavour of this extraordinary varietal , rather than the typical effect of post-harvest processing.

Clean typical Red Bourbon flavours but with a window into the natural process. Berry notes including strawberry but with some orange character and lovely toffee-like sweetness.


Farm: Smallholder farms
Altitude: 1600 – 2000 MASL
Preparation: Natural
Variety: Red Bourbon
Harvest: Feb – June
Region: North of Kibuye, Lake Kivu

Additional information

Weight N/A
Tasting notes

Balanced, Floral, Light, Fragrant, Citrus


220g, 500g, 1kg


Whole Beans, Aeropress grind, Cafetiere / French press grind, Pour over grind, Espresso grind

Good as

Cafetiere, Espresso, Pour over, Iced coffee


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