Mahembe

A jammy, intense soft and fruity red bourbon from Mahembe in Nyamasheke, Rwanda.

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We’ve been buying coffee from Mahembe for longer than anywhere else, almost 9 years. Mahembe was founded in 2010 by Justin Musabyimana, Justin has a 10-hectare farm of his own, as well as two wet mills, one called Nyagatare and one called Nyarubuye. Both of the mills buy cherry surrounding farmers who grow red bourbon exclusively. Farms in Rwanda are generally very small almost garden farms, around 0.25-1 hectare in size (although there are some bigger farms) between the two washing stations Mahembe buys cherry from nearly a thousand of these farms!

The picking season in Rwanda can run from March all the way through to August but most of the lots that we get through our import partners Nordic Approach are from a slightly tighter window of picking between May and July. There are a few reasons for this, one of the main ones being that coffee grown at higher altitudes (often the best) tends to produce ripe cherries a little later in the year. Justin and his team are very strict about the quality of coffee cherry that they buy and farmers sort it themselves just before weighing in for sale. Following this the cherries are further sorted in tanks, floating; mostly under ripe cherries are removed and sold separately as a lower grade.

About this coffee

Taste
Stewed Rhubarb, Hibiscus, Maple Syrup
Origin
Rwanda
Region
Nyamasheke
Varietal
Red Bourbon
Process
Washed
Altitude
1900masl

Seasonal buying is about seeing coffee as a crop not a commodity, buying in harmony with the growing seasons to enjoy coffee at its best. This kind of buying has always been the backbone of our business and it’s something we’ve improved and refined every year.

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