Rwanda / Kanzu
A house favorite, the Rwanda Kanzu is back on the menu. A few years ago, when we first tasted and introduced this coffee to our listing we knew it was special. The coffee is velvety smooth and has all of the complexity that we look for in a cup. When importer Red Fox came for a visit last fall and put this coffee on a blind cupping table, our taste buds found it and all the nostalgia came rushing back. We’re honored to get to share one of our favorite coffees with you!
The award-winning Kanzu washing station is located in the southwest area of Lake Kivu in Nyamasheke, Rwanda. Kanzu is situated amidst steep mountain inclines. The combination of high altitude, volcanic soil and temperate climate is a perfect recipe for growing specialty coffee, Rwanda’s largest export.
Hundreds of small-holder farmers from the surrounding valley bring their cherries to Kanzu for washing. The coffee is fermented for 24 hours, fully washed, then after soaking for 12 hours it is laid on raised beds for drying. The Kanzu washing station is also known for its diligence in separating out day lots. This offering is Kanzu Lot 7. The coffee is an heirloom Bourbon variety grown at an altitude of 1,900-2,100 MASL.
We love this cup for all the subtle fruit flavors of mango, golden raisin, date and red grape that we taste over a honey and toffee finish. The cup is smooth and complex all at the same time.
TASTING NOTES: MANGO /// RED GRAPE /// TOFFEE