Rwanda: Nyamasheke; Cyato

Sale price Price $16.50 Regular price

Flavor Profile: Mandarin Orange, Apricot, Dried Raisin, Brown Sugar
Process: Washed and sun-dried on raised beds
Varietal: Bourbon
Location: District of Nyamasheke; Western Province 
Farm Notes: Cyato Washing Station 
Roast Profile: Medium
This coffee brews excellent as pour-over, french press, AeroPress, auto drip, stove top and surprisingly lovely single origin espresso 
Tucked away in the Nyamasheke region of Rwanda's Western Province is the Cyato washing station site. This is one of two washing stations managed by the Fidele family, the first of the two producing naturals and started by the father, and Cyato managed mainly by son Leo. Cyato is set up with a Penagos 800, and they are producing mainly fully washed coffee. The station is much farther than some of the others in Nyamasheke, and on the edge of the Forest of Nyungwe. Cyato sits at roughly 1850 meters above sea level, and the local coffee farmers have coffee planted well above 1900 meters, growing older Bourbon cultivars. Coffee is wet processed, hand picked, and dried at Cyato proper, but then moved to a house nearby where they store the dry parchment to rest before preparing for exportation. A newer venture for the Fidele's, they hope to reinvest in their wet mill for the upcoming season in order increase the mill capacity and produce a higher volume of exportable specialty in return

 

Rwanda has one of the most interesting East African coffee histories. It is a place where the production of high-quality coffee is inextricably linked to the rising spirit of a population after the tragic genocidal civil war of the 1990s. Known as the "Land of a Thousand Hills," many of them are cultivated in high-grown coffee between 1700 and 2000 meters above sea level (MASL). Rwanda coffee can be world class. They often have clean bright flavors rivaling the best Central America coffees, more balance than Kenyas, attractive fruited sweetness, floral characteristics, and with a tea-like finish