In the cup
It begins with pleasing tanginess of ripe gooseberries and a distinct sweet note of jaggery. Body is medium with honey like texture. Citric notes of ripe fruits are followed by sweet burnt caramel flavour. Finish is sweet with more of chocolate kind flavours lingering for long.
Recommended to be brewed on filter and enjoyed pure; without milk.
About the Farm
It has been five years since we first brought this Red Bourbon from Rwanda and thereafter it has been a regular on shelves. We could not bring it in last year due to pandemic but finally the long wait is over and Silverback Gorillas from Virunga Mountains are back.
Located in Nyabihu District in North Western Region of Rwanda, Shyira washing station is managed by Josue Dusengiyumva. This is MTCo.’s smallest washing station and sources coffee from the highest altitudes (1800 – 2200 MASL) out of their 5 stations, which explain its uniqueness amongst the rest of the produce. Shyira only has 1 full time staff and 42 casual workers during peak season.
Shyira is an hour drive up the hills from the township of Musanze (Ruhengeri). The weather conditions, soil type and its high-altitude lands makes this CWS an ideal setting for high-quality coffee processing and production. On the drive up to the CWS, when you reach on top of the Shyira hills, you will be met with a view that will take your breath away – the chain of volcanoes in between the beautiful beasts of Rwanda the Mountain Gorillas come from to the waterfalls of the wonderful Gicice river. As if that is not enough, combined with the valley full of white sands, fog covering hills and good weather makes Shyira truly unique and one of a kind.
The station is located deep high in the ranges of the iconic and world-renowned Virunga Mountain and National park ranges.
This is where the Mountain Gorillas/Silverbacks are from; perhaps the best-known wildlife in Rwanda where a lady primatologist named Dian Fossey gave away her life saving these mountain gorillas. The high altitude, plentiful rain and highly fertile and nutritional soils in the area are the reasons why it produces some truly phenomenal tasting coffees.
Shyira CWS only produced fully Washed coffees this season and all was of the Red Bourbon Varietal. The fermentation period was 12 hours and took average of 35 days of sun drying on the African drying beds.