Rwanda is blessed with ideal coffee growing conditions that include high altitude, regular rainfall, volcanic soils with good organic structure and an abundance of Bourbon. The vast majority of Rwandan coffee is produced by smallholders of which there are thought to be around half a million with parcels of land often not much larger than just one hectare per family. Coffee is grown in most parts of the country, with particularly large concentrations along Lake Kivu and in the southern province. Rwandan smallholders organise themselves into cooperatives and share the services of centralised wet-mills – or washing stations as they are known locally. Flowering takes place between September and October and the harvest runs from March to July, with shipments starting in August through December.
Karisimbi coffee is located in a beautiful part of the country in the northern province. Coffee in this region is grown at high altitude, even by Rwanda's standards, and Karisimbi is one of the highest washing stations in the country - based at approximately 2000 metres above sea level. Karisimbi's altitude is an advantage when it comes to drying washed coffee, as it is slightly cooler, and allows for more even drying conditions.
Karisimbi was established in 2015 and enlisted the help of Falcon's origin partners - Rwanda Trading Company - who offer Capex loans and working capital for the ongoing running and maintenance of the station. Karisimbi processes coffee cherries from around 300 smallholder farmers in the local vicinity, who deliver their coffee during harvest season.
During harvest, cherry is processed in the evening and night-time, with the fruit being removed by machine before the beans are pulped in a Penagos depulping machine, dry fermented, washed and graded.
FSC-1231: Karisimbi - Lot 1235
Profile: Apricot, orange and florals with a hint of vanilla to finish.
Cup Score: 86.25