Rwanda Karongi Gitesi
“Sweet orange blossom and cane sugar notes up front with a creamy vanilla finish”
Region: Karongi District, Western Provence, Rwanda
Producer: members of the Gitesi washing station
Altitude: 5,700 - 6,500 feet
Process: wet process, shade and sun dried
Such a beautiful coffee. The very best African coffees display almost in-your-face floral, fruit and spice complexities. Karongi Gitesi is an outstanding example of a great, complex African coffee.
The Gitesi site is at 1740 meters, actually one of the lower areas surrounded by high ridges ranging up to 2000 meters, where coffee is grown. 1,830 coffee farmers in the area supply Gitesi with cherries each year. The station fosters a relationship with the farmers by paying an additional dividend at the end of each season based on performance. Gitesi was started in 2005 and has been building capacity each year.