STONE FRUITS/ FLORAL/ FRESH JAGGERY
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Processing: Fully washed
Washing Sation: Shyira
Altitude: 5200 – 5700 feet
Our regulars at cafe and on our website have been eagerly waiting for this amazing Red Bourbon from Shyira washing station in Virunga Mountains, home of great Silverback Gorillas. After cupping and brewing with various methods including espresso, this one remains Neeraj’s favourite “This is one of the most delicious and balanced coffees I have ever tasted, let’s get it”. Despite the hurdles of sourcing, trading, higher prices, freight charges and heavy custom duties we decided to bring it over and offer it to you. It’s a melody of stone fruits and berries with sweetness and aroma of fresh jaggery with a floral note. It has a balanced body with a clean sweet finish; roasted to be enjoyed both on filter and espresso.
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.
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.